This year’s Cornwall Pride event will take to the streets of Truro on Saturday 23 August.
The event, which this year has the theme, 'Love and Marriage', celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the county, with the city hosting a parade, as well as a grand picnic at Victoria Gardens.
The parade will start from Lemon Quay (outside Marks and Spencers) with people gathering from about 9am onward, before the parade starts to wind it's way through the streets of Truro, setting off at 11am
The route follows previous years:- along Lemon Quay, through Back Quay, turning right into Lemon Street. At the end of Lemon Street the parade will turn left into Boscawan Street and proceed to Victoria Square. At Victoria Square the parade will turn right into River Street and go past the museum and will come toa halt at the junction of River Street and Edward Street
The picnic in the park is open from noon to 5pm.
Cornwall Council will be there to promote its services and opportunities, and show its support for the communities it serves.
Information will be available about adoption, fostering and adult education, and the council staff will be asking people what they think could be done to improve equality and equality of opportunity across Cornwall.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be there to talk about recruitment opportunities within the service as well as being on hand to give advice and guidance on community fire safety. There will also be firefighters with some of their emergency vehicles.
The council will also be promoting the services and support on offer from its registration service for those who may be planning a marriage or civil ceremony in Cornwall. The registration service can provide information about venues licensed to host a civil ceremony and offer support for that special day.
Representatives from the Safer Cornwall Partnership, which includes Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, will be talking about their ongoing ‘what will you drink cost?’ campaign. The campaign delivers educational and preventive messages on the risks of drinking too much alcohol, and where to find help to cut down.
Representatives from the LGBT PACT (Partners and Communities Together) will also be there to discuss specific issues and provide information on what advice and support is available. They will also be advising people on how to report hate crime incidents.
The Together for Families Service will also be available on the day which is a multi-agency programme that aims to engage and support families that experience multiple and complex challenges.
Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard, who has responsibility for equality and diversity, said “We endeavour to make Cornwall fully inclusive by setting an example in all we do. By participating in the Pride event we intend to show our intent and ability to support the whole community and the range of services we offer. Having attended Pride, it is also great fun.”