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12th Aug, 2022

Neighbours come together for short but sweet Pride parade

NEIGHBOURS in a Rugby street came together to celebrate Pride Month by hosting a short but sweet parade.

Around 40 residents of Batt Close marched together for 80 metres along their street, with each household creating costumes and decorations in Pride colours on Saturday afternoon (June 25).

Each home provided enough bunting to engulf Batt Close in flags and rainbows, while youngsters created a chalk rainbow zebra crossing.

The neighbours took part in various activities including a high heels race for the adults and creative activities for the children, and each household contributed dishes for a multicultural buffet that included curry, barbecue and a Pride-themed cake.

A charity wax event saw three residents sacrifice hair from their chest, legs and underarms, offering guests their chance to pull off a strip in exchange for a donation.

A total of £100 was raised for the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity.

Batt Close resident Rachel Bunce said: “This really is the little Pride that could! Once again, our street has rallied behind a message of love and hope to organise such a special event for us all to be proud of.

“For us, Pride begins at home, and its message of community and inclusivity is one that certainly resonates among us all as neighbours.

“Batt Close Pride is for everyone – whether part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally – and it shows that our community is a safe space for us all to be ourselves.”

Neighbour Ben Porcel addressed those gathered at the start of the Parade and said: “We have all been shocked by the recent horrific events in Oslo and it’s a stark reminder of why Pride events – no matter what size – are vital as we continue to fight for acceptance and equality.

“The rights we have fought for – and thought we had secured – are also now at risk around the world, and this is not just relevant to the LGBTQ+ community; it’s applicable to women and anyone with a protected characteristic.

“We can’t fight this fight alone and we all depend on our allies to stand shoulder to shoulder alongside us. I am humbled to live among people who share the belief that everyone deserves to live free and equal, and that is incredibly empowering as we strive to make change together.”

He later added: “Batt Close Pride may be small, but it was certainly fierce! During the parade, we strutted and stomped along our road with as much passion and vigour as you would expect from larger Pride events.”

This is the third time the residents of Batt Close have hosted Pride on their street, and they hope to continue holding the event annually.

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