It is with heavy hearts that we have cancelled Exmouth Pride 2020.
At the outbreak of the COVID 19 Health Crisis, we postponed our LGBT+ celebrations for 2020 from June 20 until August 22.
Back then, we hoped that the dire health situation might have improved to allow major social gatherings to take place. That has not been the case.
It is crucial that we consider the health, safety and well-being of our many volunteers, performers, traders, exhibitors, and the many hundreds of people who come to celebrate Pride with us.
Concerns over the continuing spread of the virus, the impact of the Track and Trace programme and the logistical difficulties in planning such a big event in the centre of our town, have all been taken into consideration in coming to this decision.
We want to thank our sponsors, performers, traders and friends for their patience and support during this difficult time. We know that many, many people will be deeply disappointed that this landmark event on the town’s calendar will not be taking place this year. We will also miss raising the LGBT+ profile at Exmouth Carnival which as many of you know, has also been cancelled.
We can assure you that we are already making preparations for Exmouth Pride 2021. We will be back in the town’s beautiful Manor Gardens on June 19 2021 where we can mark the victories in the ongoing fight for LGBT+ equality; recognize the ongoing battles and celebrate how far we have come. Save the date!
We plan music, fun, thoughtful discussion and celebrations. That is our light at the end of this COVID 19 tunnel – and we are heading towards it – please join us!
Also, you should know that Exmouth Pride is still here to act as a contact point for LGBT+ people in our community and the surrounding area. We are also hopeful that we can find other ways of raising the Exmouth Pride profile during the year. Stay Proud of who you are!
The Exmouth Pride Team.