Chester’s Disability Pride Parade is launching this year’s Kaleidoscope Week – everyone is welcome!

The parade is your chance to dance, parade, move, sing and raise awareness of the 14.1 million disabled people living in the UK.

We will congregate on Eastgate Street in Chester (Outside of Bella Italia). We will then move to underneath the Eastgate Clock and start parading towards Grosvenor Park. Bring your banners and flags and any instruments you play to make lots of noise.

Once we arrive at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre there will be time to eat, relax, and use the toilets/changing space at the park pavilion.

Feel free to bring a picnic along – and the bar at the park will be open for hot and cold drinks.

After lunch a dance performance by a professional theatre company Dark Horse Theatre based in Huddersfield.

Dark Horse Theatre produce work to tour nationally that is visually impactful and has a reputation of surprise, innovation and the ability to reverse expectations. Dark Horse’s mission is for people with learning disabilities to be given the equality of opportunity to train and work in the performing arts.

Please note that road closures are being put in place for this parade to happen. Your blue badges can still be used and St John Street can be used to park. The journey from the Eastgate Clock to Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is approx. 7 mins (on foot) however we have allowed longer for the parade to move into the park.

The parade kicks off Kaleidoscope at Storyhouse, a week celebrating neurodiversity and the talents of people living with a disability.

Read about the first Disability Pride Parade which took place in 2019 here.

Time details

10.30am - 2pm

Cinema Loving Highsmith (12A)

1 hr 24 | A unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends and family

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Cinema Carol (15)

1 hr 54 | Therese, a shop assistant in a 1950s New York department store, becomes fascinated by a beautiful and enigmatic customer, Carol.

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Cinema Strangers on a Train (PG)

1 hr 37 | After a chance meeting on a train, Bruno suggest he murders Guy’s unfaithful wife, while Guy disposes of Bruno’s hated father.

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Cinema The Talented Mr Ripley (15)

2 hrs 20 | Ripley is sent to Italy to bring home his acquaintance, the errant playboy Dickie. Seduced by the glamorous and moneyed lifestyle, Ripley becomes obsessed and slowly infiltrates his life

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Cinema God’s Creatures (15)

1hr 40 | In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong.

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Cinema The Super Mario Bros. Movie (PG)

1 hr 32 | AD | With help from Princess Peach, Mario gets ready to square off against the all-powerful Bowser to stop his plans from conquering the world.

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Activities Leadership and Employment Workshop
Garret Theatre

This workshop will explore leadership, identity, communication, and employability skills through discussion and participatory exercises.

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Cinema Mummies (U)

1 hr 28 | AD | Mummies is a fun family animated adventure that follows three Egyptian mummies who accidentally enter the modern world.

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On Stage Cinderella
Storyhouse Theatre

Let Storyhouse whisk you away to the ball this Christmas with a seasonal spectacular which celebrates the most famous fairy-tale of them all – Cinderella. 

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Activities Boardgames in the Den
The Den

Put down that device and join us for some old-fashioned fun with boardgames in The Den! Will you be the Scrabble Supremo, the Jenga Jubilant or the Card Game King?