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Details of Liverpool's first 'LGBT Pride' festival announced

by Simon Boyle. Published Mon 14 Jun 2010 16:57

The details of Liverpool’s first Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Pride festival have been announced, and kick-started by a "Pride March" through the city on Saturday 7th August.

People of all genders and persuasions are invited to join what is set to be a brightly-coloured festival of unity, and marchers are urged to bring banners, flags, posters, glittering costumes, and most importantly friends and family, to St Georges Plateau for 11.30am and soak up the pre-march atmosphere with other Pride goers.

The march will set off at 12.30pm on a route through Liverpool city centre, which will take in Roe St, Hood St, Whitechapel, Lord St and Castle St before coming to an end at 1.30pm on the main festival site; Dale St at Exchange Street East.

The end of the march will be marked with a speech from the main stage, before we strike up the live acts on the three stages and the Rainbow Circus themed celebrations begin throughout the Dale St area.

Before 2010, Liverpool was the largest city in the country that hasn’t had its own official pride festival. The city, and the region have had a number of high profile homophobic and transphobic attacks in recent years.

At the launch of the LGB&T Network the public voted for a pride festival to engage, empower and involve the LGB&T communities within the city and this was fully endorsed by Liverpool City Council in January 2009. Liverpool Pride 2010 will celebrate the diverse community of one of Europe’s leading cultural cities.

Council leader Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool is famed for its diversity and a Pride festival is a welcome addition to our wide range of cultural events. It is vital that we take every opportunity to celebrate and showcase every community and that is why I am delighted that the city council is supporting this festival. It will attract people from far and wide to Liverpool, promoting tolerance and providing an economic boost to the city.”

Before attending the march; individuals, groups and organisations wishing to take part are asked to register at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/get-involved so that festival organisers can gain an estimate of how many people will be coming along.

The Pride team will be organising special banner making workshops over the next couple of weeks if you’re interested in making your own gorgeous banner to march with, for more information go to liverpoolpride.co.uk.



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"well done liverpool be proud and loud" tony smith, manchester around 4 years ago

 
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