York Pride 2020
We have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel York Pride 2020
Following the advice of the Government and Public Health England on mass gatherings and social events during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel York Pride 2020.
This has been a heartbreaking call for us to make after all the work we have already put into this year’s event. However, we would never put the health and wellbeing of our pride-goers, volunteers, artists or traders at risk, or stretch the resources of our emergency services at a time when they are needed more elsewhere.
York Pride takes the whole year to plan. Whilst we have been carefully considering all options, as it is unclear how long current measures will remain in place, or how the situation may develop, it is sadly impossible for us to reschedule for later this year. With so many uncertainties, we ultimately believe this is the right decision to protect our long-term future.
Instead, we will concentrate all our efforts on delivering you a truly amazing York Pride in 2021.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors, stallholders and suppliers for their support this year. Thank you to all of you too for hopefully understanding why we have had to make this tough decision, because nobody is as disappointed as we are.
In the meantime, please let’s all look after ourselves and our community.
We will be emailing all those directly who have stall bookings, parade bookings and those who have agreed sponsorship for 2020.
Stallholders who HAVE NOT paid yet
We will simply cancel the booking for York Pride 2020 and you will need to reapply next year for York Pride 2021.
Stallholders who HAVE paid yet
Thank you for paying your invoice it has been much appreciated. We have 2 options for those who have paid a stalls invoice already.
1. Our preferred option would be to carry your booking straight over to York Pride 2021. This cuts down admin work of processing refunds for our small team of volunteers. We'd imagine this is the best option for other community groups, charities and regular attendees at our event.
If later down the line you cannot make our 2021 date we would of course offer a full refund.
2. We will of course provide full refunds for those who require it, these are difficult times and we understand for many of our traders you will need these funds. We'd imagine this is the best option for food and beverage stalls who have paid larger pitch fees.
Thank you to all those who have applied to be in our parade, with the emergence of COVID19 we took the decision not to invoice at the time we normally would should we be in the position to cancel it was less refunds for us to process.
You will need to reapply for York Pride 2021 when applications open later in the year.
Thank you to all those who have agreed to sponsor us for 2020. We have been overwhelmed with the response. I will be contacting sponsors directing to discuss arrangements.
We are making plans to rebook all acts for 2021, we will also be making a deposit payment for those who wish to be rebooked - we hope this small gesture will come in handy as many of our asks will be self employed and suffer the most through the current situation.
And finally....to the public
We have taken steps to ensure our financial risks through cancellation are minimised. We have already ordered things such as York Pride 2020 wristbands, we will be looking to sell these for a suggest donation of £3 in the coming weeks and would appreciate any support you can offer at this difficult time.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support in these difficult times.
All the best and keep safe,
On behalf of the York LGBT Pride Committee