Pride in Luton returned for a second yearPride in Luton returned for a second year
Pride in Luton returned for a second year

In pictures: Pride in Luton returns for a second sensational year

Our reporter, Olivia Preston, spent the day at Pride in Luton to see what it meant to the LGBTQ+ community in the town

Pride in Luton volunteers started at 9am setting up for what would be a busy day in the Hat District.

Even before the crowds started to form, there was a sense of freedom and joy among both the Lutonians and visitors who came to join in with the celebrations.

The town was bustling from noon with people ready to join in with the fun both outside of the Hat Factory and the pocket park on Bute Street. The crowds soon began to gather, entertained by both local and international acts - Luton’s own Jaymi Hensley taking to the stage, along with girl group Stooshe.

While this was only Pride in Luton’s second time holding the event, the number of attendees had nearly quadrupled from last year.

Luton’s rich and diverse culture was out in full force with Bhangra Smash Up, a three-piece drumming band, showing support from the South-Asian community and Muslim drag queen, Asifa Lahore, hosting on the main stage.

Families and couples danced and sang along to the classics by Kylie, Cher and Britney, while others made the most of the seating nearby. Flags were flying and arms were waving as drag artists, singers and activists took the stage.

Thames and Chiltern CPS, Bedfordshire Police, easyJet Holidays, Mecca Bingo and other stalls spoke with the public – with PSCO Danny McHugh even showing off his dance moves.

It was lovely to see young people proudly holding hands. A procession led by Asifa saw Pride in Luton committee members and volunteers wear colourful carnival wings and strut into the crowd.

At Pride in Luton, all gender identities and sexualities came together to be unapologetically themselves.

Standing in the middle of the crowd, it was clear there was no judgement as everyone smiled, danced and enjoyed themselves.

I heard nothing but positivity from people I spoke to, who were more than happy to share their stories and reasons for coming. Some were queer or non-binary themselves, while others were there to support their friends and family.

Scroll through the pictures to see what Pride in Luton was really like this year!

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