North Hertfordshire's Pride celebration "surpassed all expectations" when it was held on Saturday, July 29.

Hitchin was treated to a colourful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, bringing together individuals from various walks of life to demonstrate their support for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity.

The day began with a Pride Freedom Walk, and was followed by Pride Market, showcasing local organisations who are linked to the LGBTQ+ community.

And the party continued at The George Hitchin, with Drag Queen Vida La Fierce concluding the revelry.

Following the event, Niamh Skinner, the director of North Herts Pride, said: “North Herts Pride 23 was made possible by each and every one of you who joined us in making history.

"Your unwavering support and enthusiasm have touched our hearts and have left a lasting impact on our community.

"We want to extend a massive thank you to all the attendees who showed up with smiles on their faces, spreading positivity and joy throughout the event.

"Your presence and participation created an atmosphere of acceptance and love, making North Herts Pride an unforgettable experience."

She paid tribute to their volunteers and partners, the local businesses who contributed and especially to Visit Hitchin for hosting the Pride Market and The George for hosting the after party.

"As we move forward, we promise to keep working tirelessly to promote acceptance, love, and equality for everyone.

"Your continued support and engagement will help us build a brighter and more inclusive future for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

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"We are beyond grateful for your love, support, and passion for creating a world where everyone is celebrated for who they are."

Katie Wilson, co-founder of North Herts Pride, added: “To everyone involved in making North Herts Pride day an amazing success. To all the stall holders and the local community for supporting us.

"We couldn't have done it without you. We can't wait until next year, when it is going to be bigger and better than ever.”

Cllr Daniel Marsh, who represents Letchworth Grange and co-founded North Herts Pride, said: “I am elated to report that North Herts Pride 2023 surpassed all expectations.

"The resounding success of this event stands as a testament to the incredible spirit and diversity that North Hertfordshire wholeheartedly embraces.

"The sense of unity and acceptance was palpable as we witnessed an outpouring of love and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Every moment radiated positivity and acceptance.

"It reminded us of the importance of embracing diversity that make up our wonderful community.

"I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, volunteers, and participants whose dedication and enthusiasm made North Herts Pride 2023 such a roaring success.

"Your tireless efforts have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on our community, and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together.”