PICTURES: Northampton marks first-ever Pride event with live video link-up to USA

A host of people came together over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate Northampton Pride...in the UK and USA.

Tuesday, 8th May 2018, 11:39 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 5:39 pm
Northampton's first Pride event was marked with a flag raising ceremony at the Guildhall.

Northampton Pride, which took place on Saturday (May 5), was celebrated in Northampton, UK and Northampton, Massachusetts, with a video link-up that united the two events.

A flag raising ceremony took place 2pm in front of the Guildhall, which helped get activities started in Northampton.

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Gareth Eales, were joined by councillor Anna King and Matthew Toresen, the LGBTQ Forum co-chair, as the LGBTQ flag is raised along with the flag of Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Councillor Gareth Eales, the Mayor of Northampton, said: “I found out about Northampton’s Massachusetts’ plans for celebrating Pride during my visit to the town back in February.

"It felt like a great opportunity for the two towns to do something unique together by joining our celebrations of diversity.

“Our twinned town of Marburg in Germany also raised a Northampton flag and the rainbow pride flag outside their town hall, making this a truly international event.”

People were encouraged to enjoy an art exhibition titled ‘A manipulation of terms’ at the NN Contemporary Art Gallery, which explored gender transition, as well as enjoying entertainment at Phipps Brewery.

Northampton, USA linked with Northampton, UK for the event.

The live video link up with the Mayor of Northampton in Massachusetts took place at 5.30pm in Phipps Brewery with stage performances following from Roses and Pirates, Amii Dawes and DJ Panda.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.
Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.