Colourful Scenes at Coventry PrideBy Tracey Anson -
On Saturday 18th June 2016 my daughter and I, with my Canine Partner assistance dog by my side, went to Coventry Pride. The event was held at Fargo Creative Village, a small area which is filled with independent shops, food stalls, vintage shops, and more.
We arrived early, so we were able to have a wander around and took note of the four stages for the bands to play on. At this time it was quiet which helped my assistance dog – he was able to get used to the comings and goings whilst the event was being set up.
Thanks to my daughter, who is partially deaf, I found the organizer of the event and let him know that I was there as a Mrs Coventry Beauty UK 2016 representative, an exciting pageant which I am taking part in this year. I was getting ready for their body positive fashion show later in the day.
As the day progressed it became busy and the music eventually got louder… to the point where it felt as though the artists were competing against each other!
Various types of music was played at the same time from the four different stages with, for example, one stage playing bass urban music followed by singers and another playing rave music.
Unfortunately, there were a lot of people with disabilities who found this overwhelming and had a sensory overload with no quiet area to go to. My Canine Partner also struggled.
Whilst I took part in the fashion show, I found a relatively quiet place where my daughter could wait for me. Myself and the other models struggled to hear the music as we were walking down the catwalk but overall the show was a success! I felt very proud to be involved.
Perhaps next year a bigger and more spacious location would be more suitable! However, despite the fact that the music was very loud throughout the majority of the day, the event and overall atmosphere was really amazing. What a wonderful way to unite and celebrate people from such a diverse range of backgrounds.