Following World War II, the British Government launched a campaign encouraging immigration to the UK from other areas of the British Empire. On 22nd June 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush landed in London, bringing the first generation of Caribbean immigrants, and became the namesake for the generation of settlers during the period of influx throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
In 2018, the official commemoration day was added for Windrush Day, celebrating the contribution the Windrush generation and their descendants have made since they were welcomed to the UK. Events across the UK observe Windrush day on the anniversary of the ship arriving in London. Communities gather and enjoy festivities including music, food, exhibitions, dance performances, and debates.
Since 1972, British members of the LGBTQ+ community have celebrated Pride. Now with hundreds of events happening each year across the country, there is much support and ample opportunity to join in the celebration and commemoration of the fight for equality. In 2020, organisers for Northern Pride in Newcastle were awarded the title of UK Pride, being highlighted as a celebration for all British LGBTQ+ people. Due to the pandemic, this was pushed back to 23rd-25th July 2021.
Like many other Pride events across the year, UK Pride will feature performances, stalls, parades, and discussions of issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. As a festival celebrating the entire United Kingdom, you can expect to see the Union Flag, as well as a number of different pride flags for different groups within the LGBTQ+ community including Bisexual, Transgender, and the Progress Flag.