Cambridge Labour Councillors and activists joined with local MP Daniel Zeichner to celebrate the city’s first ever Pride festival this weekend.
Crowds flocked to the event on Jesus Green, which started with a punt parade down the River Cam and continued throughout the day and into the evening with live acts, a dance tent, lip sync battle and even a young people’s team bake-off. The community tent was packed with campaigners from a whole host of organisations including the Encompass Network, Unison and local faith-based groups.
Labour’s Anna Smith, the Executive Councillor for Communities spoke on the main stage at that start of the festivities;
“What an amazing day – in spite of the weather. As an LGBT ally, I was so proud to be there to welcome everyone. Looking at the events of last week, such as the awful attack against two women on a London bus, it’s important to remember how much our communities need events like Pride. We all stand together here in Cambridge, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner was full of praise for the event, which also saw the front of the Guildhall lit up in the colours of the Pride flag;
“The first Cambridge Pride was a wonderful, colourful and joyful occasion. I most enjoyed going round all the stands and meeting the campaigners from lots of different organisations. It was a true celebration of diversity and left me feeling uplifted.”
Carla McQueen, Labour councillor for East Chesterton and the City Council’s LGBT lead emphasised the city council’s full support for the event;
“The community tent was absolutely packed – I spent lots of time on the Encompass Network stall talking to people about their experiences, and their vision for Cambridge. The whole day had a lovely vibe, and it was just so positive to see everyone joining together in a show of unity. Together we really can achieve great things, and I’m looking forward to working further with the LGBT+ community here in Cambridge to make sure our city stays open, tolerant and fair for all.”