Love Unites 2021
Reading Pride's annual Love Unites Parade & Festival returns back for its 17th year on Saturday, 4th September 2021 at King's Meadow. The Festival kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12pm with a full line-up of entertainment across three stages throughout the day along with a funfair, family area, a wide range of food, drink and market stalls.
After a hiatus since 2019 due to COVID-19, the Love Unites Parade is back! Bringing the spirit of Pride to the centre of Reading and providing opportunities for groups, organisations and individuals to show their support for both Pride and the ongoing campaign for equality.
As like every other year, we are a free festival so all we ask is that if you enjoyed yourself please make a donation on the way out or if you forget, you can do it right here via the website.
You're WELCOME to bring in:
- Water and soft drinks in original sealed packaging
- Dogs on a lead
- Suntan or sunscreen lotion
- Non-aerosol based deodorant
- Medication prescribed by a doctor
- Donations via cash or credit/debit cards
- Children, we ask that young children are accompanied by an adult
- Your PRIDE and a big smile!
Please DO NOT bring in:
- Weapons or sharp objects
- Drugs or gas canisters
- Fireworks, laser pens or drones
- Aerosols, silly string, air horns, or spray cans
- Disposable BBQs
If you are unsure about any item, please ask security when they check your bags.
COVID-19 Safety – This year, we are encouraging the use of face masks within the festival site. Also lookout for our limited edition "Love Unites" face masks available for a small donation at our info point and the MyUmbrella LGBT+ stall.
Join the Parade
The Love Unites Parade brings the spirit of Pride to the centre of Reading and provides an opportunity for groups, organisations and individuals to show their support for both Pride and the ongoing campaign for equality.
Our Main Stage offers a non-stop line-up of live entertainment throughout the day with a host of performers offering something for everyone.
PridePlus is back! Enjoy an unrivaled view of the Main Stage, as well as its own private bar and exclusive private cabin toilets. Space is limited bookable on a first come, first served basis.
PrideXtra Cabaret Stage is back by popular demand, this year bigger and better than before! You can expect a plethora of laughs, jokes, insults and shocking stories to be shared from the fabulously talented array of artists.
Pride aLive Stage
Reading Pride is very proud to welcome back the Pride aLive stage. Featuring fantastic local artists and bands who are either friends, allies and supporters of, or who identify themselves as LGBT+.
Here at Reading Pride, we like to involve everyone of all ages. Providing a full day of entertainment from face-painting, balloon modeling, discos, competitions and even drag queen story time, you'll find something fun and exciting.
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust together with Royal Berkshire Hospital, will be creating a pop-up health space called 'PrideInU', showcasing health and wellbeing services. A programme of mini events, workshops and sessions will run throughout the day.
This year Animagi is working with Reading Pride to ensure the Kink and Fetish community have an area including stalls, social space, a pet play area and more.
Reading Renegades RFC will be present in our all new Inclusive Sports Area to showcase inclusivity in sport at Reading Pride.
We will be providing accessible facilities to which stewards, volunteers and security staff will be able to show you where these are, and escort you through crowds if required. A British Sign Language interpreter will be present on our Main Stage.
Travel & Accommodation
However you plan to attend Pride, it's always best to arrive in style! There are numerous ways to travel to Reading Pride given our location we're just a short distance from Reading town centre.