Birmingham Pride 2014 / Midsbears
Well, I had an absolute blast May bank holiday weekend at my first Birmingham Pride event, ever. As someone that has been to Liverpool and Manchester Pride events only, I was really looking forward to Brum Pride. We’ve been going to Birmingham a lot more over the recent year than we’ve been heading to Manchester, mainly for the Midsbears events held monthly, and the great gang of bears of all shapes and sizes that go to Eden bar. I find the social side of this group to be fantastically friendly and open to all people.
You can check out their website at http://midsbears.wix.com/welcome or head over to their site on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/MidsBears/ to check out more, but the events and monthly nights at Eden are always packed with fun and nice guys to meet.
We had decided to go Alert! in Manchester on the Friday night rather than head down to Birmingham. This was mainly because they were advertising a leather theme, and we knew that XXL the bear night in brum would be absolutely manic. As it turned out the Alert! night was pretty quiet, and not quite as full as leather guys as their previous months rubber night had been. We stayed around and left there at 2am.
After only 4 hours sleep we headed in the centre of Birmingham to meet up with the guys before the march was due to commence. The march kicked off at noon, but we’d agreed to meet up from 10.30am, which meant we had to hang around in the rain for over an hour, but everyone was in high spirits and this is were we were all issued with our ears to wear for the march.
I really enjoyed the march through Birmingham town centre, and would definitely do it again (maybe in fancy dress next year). There was a fair crowd that had amassed given the terrible weather.
Afterwards, we headed back to the room to get dry and changed, and it was time to put on our leathers and head to Eden where we were we stayed through to the early hours. Eden had a great set of acts up on stage all throughout the day and evening and some great BBQ food too, to keep everyone on their feet whilst drinking all day.
We had intended to head over to Boltz around 11pm, but we enjoyed the company of the Midbears group so much, along with our friends Paul & Gary and Paul & Keith who came over too, that heading to Boltz at nearly 1am was an afterthought!
We had missed the crowds though at Boltz, and it was good to explore the place whilst it was a little less crowded. I checked out the dark-room area upstairs for the first time. A need for sleep meant that we headed back to the hotel at around 3am though, as we were heading off on the Sunday.
Next year, I will definitely be booking a long weekend to be there all across the weekend, and I look forward to socialising a lot more with the Midsbears group over the next year.