First Bus Essex is thrilled to announce its official sponsorship of Essex Pride 2024, taking place on Saturday 22nd June in Chelmsford, celebrating the event's 20th anniversary.

As an organisation that values diversity and inclusivity, First Bus Essex is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community and join the festivities at one of Essex's most vibrant events.

"At First Bus, pride means embracing diversity and inclusivity," said Piers Marlow, Managing Director of First Bus East of England. "Our rainbow bus is more than just transportation; it symbolises our support for LGBTQ+ communities."

This year’s Essex Pride promises to be a fun-filled day out for the whole family. Visitors can look forward to enjoying a variety of activities in the Family Zone, featuring the iconic Pride Bus. The zone will offer engaging activities including story time sessions and craft workshops, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“First Bus is proud to be an official sponsor for the 20th anniversary celebration of Pride in Essex,” added Piers. “We are committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and promoting a message of love, acceptance, and equality.”

Attendees of Essex Pride are invited to join us for story time sessions on First’s colourful Pride Bus and then get crafty in our Family Zone. It's the perfect opportunity for families to celebrate, learn, and enjoy the inclusive spirit of Pride together.

Garry Ormes, Essex Pride Chair, said: “Essex Pride is proud to be returning for its 20th year, to celebrate equality and acceptance. Pride is a time for everyone to join together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there's still work to be done.

“Pride is for everyone, and however you identify, I hope you can take some time this June to join us at Essex Pride to celebrate diversity and the ability to be yourself, and to experience the richness and comfort these two qualities bring to our lives."