Chester Pride 2013
I caught the train from Flint train station at 12.35pm and arrived in Chester at 12.50pm. I had initially intended to catch a mini bus with the ladies from Prestatyn, but they had said they were going to Bar 6T9 after the event. They you can see me walk in to had changed their plans and had arranged for the mini bus pick up at midnight. Sadly, the bus was full.
On my arrival in Chester, I decided to head to the MacDonald’s store at the Forum Precinct in the town hall for something to eat. I asked the girl serving for a cheese burger and small fries and an orange juice. She asked me, what I thought was, “Do I want it as a meal because it is cheaper?”. Moments later, she handed me an orange juice and a Happy Meal box! I could not help but burst out laughing. I took my meal upstairs and no, I did not keep the free toy (really). When I came out, I was fortunate to spot Kate, a friend of mine. I was glad I did because finding anyone I knew was going to be difficult with the numbers attending the Pride event.
2pm – a flash mob got things going, and in the video below, you can see me walk in to shot from the right:
Hosting the event were drag queens Penni Tration and Wanda Why with DJ Vicky setting the groove ahead of the first act Vicky Jackson kicked off the afternoon’s entertainment as Lady GaGa:
Other acts were: Blue Sun, MJ2, Beguiled, Stacey Jackson, Kameelion, Viaduct Starlets, Me & Deboe and The X Factor 2011 runners-up Chris Maloney and headline act Amelia Lily. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any video uploads to youtube to show just how good Amelia was, especially with her cover of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven”. The Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Jill Houlbrook gave a quick speech around 3pm and as DJ Steph played her set she did this to a very loud cheer from all of us in the crowd:
Standing opposite the town hall and behind the crowd were a bunch of anti-gay protesters with their placards. Apparently, the Police had words with them shortly ahead of the event. Glad to say that there were no incidents to report.
By 6.30pm, it was over for the main stage and several venues took over for the after parties – Gender Blender (Rosies) had a brief appearance by Amelia Llily before she had to get back to London for a gig, The LA had special guest Sharon Wallace, The Commercial had Chris Maloney, The Queens Head had ex The X Factor Sami Brookes and Bar 69 had Kameelion.
I spent the following 3 hours with Rustic Rainbow friends Wendy and Ingrid and their friends Trisha, Barbara and Diane. We spent the time between Gender Blender where I boogied away and The Queens Head, before we all headed for home. Ingrid had said if there was room in the car, they would have given me a lift home. I was at the station by 9.40pm with a 50 minute wait for the train home. The platform was quiet at this point. By 10.30pm, the platform was chock a blocked with revellers from Pride and from a general night out on the town. I was lucky to grab a seat, which was satisfying considering my feet were aching .
The train pulled into Flint at 10.50pm and on stepping out onto the main street, a 17-year-old lad was begging me, literally on his knees, asking me to buy him a bottle of vodka. His girl friend asked me not to, and I did not. I will not buy alcohol for anyone under 18 years of age. Whilst he was begging me and she asking me not to, he had mentioned his friend’s name; and when I said, “Listen to Chloe”, she was like, “Oh my god. How do you know my name?”, as was he. I made out I knew their parents (I don’t). I left them top it and headed into Diana’s Pizza for a burger as I had not eaten since 1pm. The kids came in behind me and the lad was trying his best to get me to tell him how I know them. I just never came clean 😀 Once I got my cheese burger, I walked the remaining half mile home and got in shortly before 11.30pm.
Chester Pride you totally rocked and thank you for an immense time
(( Cwtsh ))