One of York’s most popular shopping centres has undergone a rainbow transformation ahead of York Pride.

The Coppergate Centre’s Brollywalk now features a host of rainbow umbrellas hanging overhead.

They replace the 36 floral umbrellas, which graced the street throughout May, and celebrate Pride month, and particularly York Pride, which takes place this weekend.


The display is the second of five planned for this summer, with a new collection of umbrellas being installed each month from May until September.

Centre manager Pippa Unwin said: “These have to be the most colourful umbrellas it is possible to find, so we’re looking forward to the brightest start to the summer.”

‘Great photo opportunity!’

The floral brollies that were installed for June
Organisers of York Pride stopped by the Coppergate Centre as the installation was completed.

Chair Greg Stephenson said:

  • It is fantastic to see venues around the city showing their support for York Pride and the LGBTQ+ community, and the Coppergate display has to be one of the most colourful ways we’ve seen so far.

    It’s a great photo opportunity for anyone in the city this month.

York Pride Parade

The Rainbow Bollywalk will remain till the end of June, when it will be replaced by a tennis-themed display to mark the return of big-screen Wimbledon to St Mary’s Square.

All matches between 12 noon and 7pm from 1 to 14 June will be displayed on a big screen, which has been sponsored once again by York Business Improvement District.

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