My first ever pride. Yeah, that’s right. I’ve never been to Pride before and that is disgraceful, I know. To be honest I didn’t even realise Hull Pride was on in Hull until my friend, Joe, informed me. Obviously, I was quick to jump on the invite to go. Rallying up my two friends, Beth and Kim, we chose our outfits, kitted up with glitter and planned our trip to meet up with Joe and his boyfriend (who I was so excited to meet).
I could not find any face jewels anywhere in town so I had to be creative. My mum is a card maker and so she has THOUSANDS of jewels and gems. I used eyelash glue and glued some jewels and gems on myself. Do you like?
I have always wanted to go to Manchester or London for Pride. It looks absolutely awesome, don’t you think? One day I have vowed to attend and see the sights and take part in the show!
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Pride in Hull. I know Hull is now known as the City of Culture so I expected it to be fairly big to live up to its title. We arrived via train as we expected there would be drinking involved and one should NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. Lesson there. Upon arrival, the first thing we noticed from the train station was the lack of signs for Hull Pride. We knew it was in Queens Gardens, however, we did not know where this was and was hoping for some signs. After walking into the centre, we followed crowds of people wearing rainbow hats and flying flags and easily found where we needed to be.
Queens Gardens is only a five-minute walk from the station and so is easy to find and get to via foot, which I feel is a necessity. The queues were not too bad and after a brief bag search, we were in.
The event was much larger than we expected. Numerous stalls lined the outskirts of the Gardens, selling merchandise and raffle tickets. Organisations, such as the NHS, also had stalls to take images and post on Instagram to not only promote the event but the organisation as well – win-win really. Following along the stalls, a large bar was set to the left of the stage. To the right of the bar was an open space dedicated to the stage. The stage was huge and set high so was easily visible from most places. We approached the bar with caution, expecting the prices of drinks to be sky high. We were pleasantly surprised. A pint at £4, single spirit also at £4 or upgrade to a double for £1 is not badly priced at all. Only slightly higher than Wetherspoons prices so we were happy with that.
As we entered the event, we were given a programme for the day. Packed full of entertainment for everyone, there was constantly someone on the stage entertaining the crowd. Of course, the best was saved until last, including ADORE DELANO who was the act I had come to see. All of the acts on stage were very good and kept the atmosphere buzzing. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and everywhere you looked there were people and groups singing, dancing and laughing. What an event.
We spent most of the day chilling in the sun. The weather was perfect for the day and shone brightly but included that slight bit of breeze you always want on a hot day. The entire event was pretty chill unless you were in the jumping crowd for the stage. Perfect really, your choice completely what you would prefer to do.
We only really joined the crowd as the time crept up to Adore’s time. She was the one act I was super looking forward to and I was so excited as it came up to the time. By this time I had had a few Pink Gin’s and I was ready for the music, dancing and singing as loud as I could. As Adore entered the stage, the crowd literally went wild. It was insane. It was so nice to see so many Drag Race fans all in one place. Adore kicked it off with Queen – what a way to start the show. Everyone in the crowd knew the words and was singing and dancing. It was hectic but so AMAZING!
There was a downfall to Adore though. After she had kicked off the stage with Queen and hyped up the crowd for the rest of her show, she then went on to complete her set list with her own original songs. I am conflicted about how I feel about this. I commend her for getting on stage in front of thousands of people and belting out her original songs. It was the perfect opportunity for her to get her work out there. However, all these people had come to see Adore perform and join in with her but no-one knew the songs she was singing. She was still entertaining on stage but the atmosphere was a little deflated after her opening song. A lot of the crowd dispersed after a couple of original songs and you could see people were a little disappointed.
Despite this, I saw Adore Delano!
She was amazing and as always was super entertaining. I was very jealous of those who had backstage passes and were lucky enough to meet her.
To end the show was Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud. I have not been aware of her much after the ending of the Girls Aloud but here she was. My friend Joe was super excited to see her and the majority of the crowd shared his feelings. She definitely got the crowd going. The majority of her setlist was Girls Aloud songs so most people knew the words and were singing along. Nadine ended the Pride event and definitely ended it in the right way.
It was one of the best days ever. So eventful.
In regards to the night, we were given wristbands as we bought our drinks for free entry into a club called ‘Attik‘. Not being from Hull, we had no idea where this was but a quick Google Map search and we were there. We had spent a couple of hours in Wetherspoons (which we were not impressed with and definitely one for another blog post) and had a couple of drinks there before we left. ‘Attik‘ was okay but I would not have liked to have paid for entry. 80’s was the theme of the night, or the theme of the club every night maybe, so was upbeat and moving-and-grooving kind of music. The drinks were okay priced and we had a decent time.
We decided to head down to ‘Welly‘ afterwards to end the night. We were told it was free entry due to Pride but unfortunately when we arrived it was £5 entry. I am unsure whether this was due to time restrictions for the free entry though. It was definitely worth it. We enjoyed ‘Welly‘ so much more. Super hot though! They need to invest in some air conditioning definitely. We absolutely loved it though and spent the rest of our night dancing away.
All in all, it was an amazing day and will definitely be joining Pride 2019!!
Please note: All images are my own. All opinions are my own and are truthful.