Love Unites 2023
Reading Pride’s annual Love Unites Parade & Festival returns on Saturday, 2nd September 2023 at King’s Meadow. The Festival kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12:00 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.

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.

What can I bring into the festival?

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!

If you are unsure about any item, please ask security when they check your bags.

Please DO NOT bring in:

  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Drugs or gas canisters
  • Fireworks, laser pens or drones
  • Aerosols, silly string, air horns, or spray cans
  • Disposable BBQs

Love Unites Parade 2023

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.

'Sue's Main Stage' Sponsored and Dedicated by Unite the Union

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 Enclosure

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 Stage

Iota Events proudly presents the PrideXtra Stage, where the spotlight shall illuminate the dazzling queer scene of Reading and its surrounding areas. This year, you will witness a truly captivating platform that celebrates the vibrant diversity and unapologetic creativity of drag.

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+.

Family Area

Here at Reading Pride, we like to involve everyone of all ages. So once again, we have teamed up with NikNak to provide a full day of entertainment in our Family Area, sponsored by Bayer. From Discos, competitions and even drag queen story time, you’ll find something fun and exciting.

NHS PrideInU

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.

Club F.O.D Community Hub and Stage

Attendees can expect to be feel welcome and safe against the backdrop of Cabaret from Drag Performers, Vocalists and Comedians, Games, Karaoke, Music and Bingo. As well as acts you already know, Club F.O.D is proud to showcase local talent that you may not have seen before!

Inclusive Sports

In the vibrant world of sports, a captivating story of inclusivity emerges, prompting us to rethink and reshape the core of competition. The demand for more inclusiveness in sports resounds urgently, pushing us to break down longstanding barriers that limit the realization of human potential.

Accessibility

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.