Return of the rainbows for Pride Month Brollywalk

by Handy Mag

Union Jacks have made way for colourful rainbows this evening (Monday 6 June) in York’s Coppergate Centre with the return of a dancing array of multicoloured umbrellas, as part of Pride Month and in preparation for York Pride, which takes place on Saturday 18 June 2022.

The 36 rainbow brollies make up Coppergate’s Pride Brollywalk, showing support for York’s LGBTQ+ community.  Volunteers from York Pride turned out to watch the last umbrellas being put up in advance of the first parade since 2019.

“We love the colour that our umbrellas bring to Coppergate Walk, and it is fantastic that these ones not only add a vibrancy to the street, but also support the fantastic work of the team behind York Pride,” comments centre manager, Pippa Unwin.  “We are hoping that they don’t need any umbrellas for the day of the parade, but everyone is welcome to stop by for a selfie with our Brollywalk at any point this month!”

Chair of York Pride, Greg Stephenson, said, “It’s great to see the Coppergate Brollywalk rainbowed up! For us it always signals that Pride isn’t far away!”

The Coppergate Centre’s Brollywalk has become an Instagram favourite in the city centre, with thousands of photographs taken each year of the colourful displays.  The Pride Brollywalk will remain in place until Sunday 26 June, when it will be replaced with tennis ball umbrellas as the Coppergate Centre prepared to host free screenings of Wimbledon 2022.  The Centre is also home to a host of visitor attractions, cafés, restaurants and shops, including the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre, Fenwick, Hole in Wand Wizard Golf and Primark.

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