Mid Ulster Pride
About the Volunteer Opportunity
Help Mid Ulster Pride bring Belonging, Love, and Celebration to Mid Ulster. As a Parade Steward you’ll be helping to coordinate our third Pride Parade in Cookstown.
- Help form up the parade in the correct order under the direction of the Chief Steward.
- Assist in maintaining a safe distance between the floats and the paraders.
- Guiding any public members that may want to join the parade.
- Assisting the PSNI in directing the Parade along the appropriate route.
- Helping the Parade disassemble upon return to the venue.
You will be given training and high-vis gear on the day and we expect the Parade itself to last for an hour and a half. You are more than welcome to enjoy the rest of the celebration, or if you feel so inclined you can continue to help out on our stalls or with general assistance and clean up at the end of the day.
The Parade is in Cookstown Community Centre on Saturday the 13th of August. Volunteers are expected to arrive at 11am for training and some light refreshment. The Parade sets off at 1pm and is expected back by 2/2:30pm. If you plan to stay for the whole event, they expect to finish at 6pm.
About the Organisation
Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a land far, far away (the rural community of Dungannon January 2020) – in an interview with a local paper a young man expressed one simple dream. It went on to start a movement.
It was his dream that he might one day participate in a Pride parade – a simple desire of equality taken for granted by so many and his words were published in a local newspaper. This simple wish pulled a heart string in one incredible man who, were it not for his tireless efforts and devotion to our cause, the birth of Mid Ulster Pride may never have happened.
Reverend Andrew Rawding organised Mid Ulster’s first ever Pride march in the autumn of 2020, against a backlash from some Christians and Churches across Northern Ireland, in the midst of a Pandemic and without the assistance of outside help or influence from established organisations.
Mid Ulster Pride was completely home grown and created from nothing by a team who together marched down Cookstown High Street in the face of adversity and active persecution. They bravely stood up for what’s right and today have grown into what we hope will evolve into the biggest Pride event in Ireland.
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Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles. A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.