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Birmingham Pride

Ends: 26 May 2024

Last updated: 22 May 2024

What’s happening?

Birmingham Pride will be making its return to the city centre this year with the event being held over the weekend of Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 May.

On Saturday, May 25, the Birmingham Pride Parade will assemble and set off from Centenary Square. 

The parade will then carry on into the LGBTQ+ village in Digbeth where the main festival activities will take place.  

There will be phased road closures through the city centre while the parade takes place and these will affect bus services (see below). Furthermore, due to the IT20 cricket match between England vs Pakistan at Edgbaston Stadium, the city centre is expected to be busier than usual.

Location of the various closures can be found here. 

Parade road closures

  • Broad Street, Centenary Square
  • Carrs Lane
  • Moor Street. Priory Queensway to St Martins Queensway 
  • St Martins Tunnel for when Moor Street reopens but Tunnel is closed
  • Smallbrook Queensway. St Martins Tunnel to Hill Street 
  • Hurst Street

Travelling by bus

There will be a number of bus diversions in place throughout the day with some bus stops closed and temporary stops in place.

National Express West Midlands bus services 2, 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 9, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 16, 17, 23, 24, 35, 45, 47, 50, 60, 61, 63, 80, 82, 87, 97, 126, X1, X2, X8, X10, X21, X22 will be subject to diversions and some bus stops changes due to phased road closures for the Pride Parade. 

For more details on bus diversion routes, visit our disruptions site or check out NX West Midlands' dedicated Birmingham Pride webpage.

The Diamond 16A and 50 bus services will also be following the dedicated diversion route.

Travelling by tram

West Midlands Metro will have services running between Wolverhampton Station and Bull Street Station, Birmingham, during the Pride parade due to phased road closures and safety reasons.

Full tram service is expected to resume to Edgbaston Village from 14:30.

For further details, please visit the WM Metro website or follow their social media channels to be informed of any changes to services.

Travelling by train

Rail services are expected to be running as normal; however, services are likely to be busier than normal as people make their way to Birmingham to celebrate Pride.

As well as this, there are other major events in the West Midlands region such as the IT20 cricket match at Edgbaston Stadium between England and Pakistan.

And the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London will cause trains to be even more busier as fans head in that direction - so plan ahead, check with your rail operator for any timetable changes and allow extra time for your journey.

Travelling by car

Roads in and around Birmingham are anticipated to be busier than usual because of the event and road closures.

Drivers who are planning on heading into the city are advised to leave their vehicles at home and use the bus, train or tram as an alternative to travel around the city centre. Those who cannot get to the event without a car are encouraged to avoid travelling via Digbeth and Holloway Circus as the area is likely to be heavily congested with traffic and people.

Furthermore, car parks in the city centre will be at full capacity and the entrance to the Bull Ring car park will be restricted during Saturday due to the local road closures, so please consider using the park and ride facilities.

Travel Tips

  • If you are attending Pride 2024, please consider travelling via public transport and plan your journey using the TfWM Journey Planner.

  • Allow extra time for your bus journey due to road closures and diversions in Birmingham City Centre for the Pride Parade. For more information visit our TfWM Disruptions page.

  • Plan ahead for your journey and expect increased congestion in Birmingham City Centre during Pride weekend. Stay updated with real-time traffic updates from @wmroads  on X.

  • For short trips, use Cycling and Walking. For more information about cycling, please visit Cycling in the West Midlands 

  • If you are planning on driving or considering only driving part of your journey there are plenty of Park and Ride locations in the region.  

  • Stay informed with our latest updates on public transport by following us on @transportforwm on X and Facebook.

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