Rainbows shine for Doncaster Pride’s 10th anniversary party

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre
Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre
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Rainbows beamed over attendees at this year’s Doncaster Pride – with record-breaking crowds of 12,000.

Despite some showers, devoted revellers danced in the rain at the event, which marked its 10th anniversary this year.

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre

Organiser Jen Dewsnap said that, according to police estimates, around 2,000 people joined the parade and more than 12,000 people attended the main event in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

She said: “The weather wasn’t so kind to us in the morning, but the 12,000 turn-out over the course of the day makes this the biggest Doncaster Pride ever.

“All the organisers are thrilled with how well things have gone and so proud of the event’s success.

“For the second year running, we’ve had people dancing in the rain.”

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre

But it wasn’t all bad weather for the event, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Doncaster, headlined this year by ex S Club 7 singer Jo ‘Meara.

When the sun beamed through summertime drizzle, attendees were treated to a plethora of rainbows – the universal symbol of the LGBT community.

“It was very special,” said Jen. “When the rainbow appeared over the Cast Theatre, it really was a magical moment for everybody.”

She added: “Everything we set out to achieve with this event, we have. It was a fitting celebration to mark 10 years of Doncaster Pride.”

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre

Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre