As well as attending London Pride for the first time as a group, we thought it was also important to support our local pride. We approached Herts Pride to find out how we could best attend at a group and have the opportunity to attract more members. They were very keen for us to get involved and offered us a stall so we could have a very visual presence.
The event was held in Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead and was all day Saturday. The night before two of us were there to set up our stall including a borrowed gazebo and some large flags from the 1881 Movement. Strong winds overnight had us worried but earlier Saturday morning we were back there to finish setting up and everything was still in place.
The gates opened at 12 pm and we saw a steady stream of people coming over to our stall. The yellow and black flags really stood out in the sea of rainbows and caught the attention of Watford fans, many of which didn’t know our group existed. We signed up over 50 new members but also got to meet many other groups and make some useful contacts. Having previously only had exposure at football events, it was great to be at a local LGBT event.
At 6pm we packed up the stall and then could enjoy the evening events including the very lively Cabaret tent, and of course the bar! An after-party followed and there were some very tired and hungover Proud Hornets the next day.