This weekend (25-26 May) sees Birmingham Pride Festival return to the West Midlands.
The two-day LGBT Festival is the biggest of its kind in the UK and one of the bigger community events of the year. And we’ll be there to support the region’s amazing diversity!
Firefighters and staff from across our organisation will join the celebrations along with members of our very own LGBT support network, FireOUT, and police and ambulance service colleagues – be sure to give us all a wave during Saturday’s parade!
Assistance Chief Fire Officer, Gary Taylor, who will be attending on Saturday, said: “West Midlands Fire Service is thrilled to be able to attend Birmingham Pride this year, as always, and we hope that everyone has a safe and happy time.
“Pride is a celebration of diversity and community spirit and we are delighted to be invited to take part. Our crews and staff always have a great time interacting with our communities and we always receive a warm welcome.
“Pride is also a great opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing diversity we have within our own service. We’re hoping that as many of our LGBT staff and supporters who are able can join us.”
This is the second year we’ve entered our own float in the parade – one of our former incident response units, it’s been given a new lease of life and is in demand at community events across the West Midlands and further afield.
Following Saturday’s parade in Birmingham city centre, the float will be on Hurst Street playing music to the crowds, with crews and staff hoping to meet as many members of our communities as possible over the weekend.