New Lord Mayor launches Pride Parade

By on 27/05/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham goes pink this Bank Holiday weekend, as the fifteenth annual Pride festival takes over the Gay Village around Hurst Street.

The fun starts with the welcome return of the pride parade on Saturday 28th at midday in Victoria Square with floats, feathers and sequins.  With Cllr Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources at the head of the parade in the VIP Lead Float, the new Lord Mayor, Cllr Anita Ward, will wave the parade off at 11.45am.

Then it's off down to Hurst Street, via a new route along Colmore Row and round Bull Street and Temple Street before heading down Hill Street for more fun and some great live music on the main Nightingale stage.

Saturday's highlights include UK winner of the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest Katrina (from The Waves), Eurovision 2007 UK entry Scooch and former member of S Club Jo O'Meara.  80s flame-haired pop star Sonia and 80s Hi-NRG artist Hazell Dean take to the stage on Sunday.

Throughout the weekend the Village Cabaret Tent will showcase some of the UK's top drag cabaret acts and a funfair will provide plenty of thrills and spills.  Also on offer will be a temporary Village Green where Pride attendees can chill out and relax.

The green will offer a whole range of family friendly fun including community games, salsa dancing, singing and community stalls.

For those who want to party on into the night, the area's pubs and clubs will be continuing the fun and entertainment.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “Birmingham’s fifteenth Pride festival is part of an annual programme of community run events that Birmingham City Council is proud to support.  This year's festival has as its theme One World, One Love, One Community.  I know that as with previous years, Pride will welcome everyone, gay or straight, who wants to take part in and enjoy this wonderful, colourful and positive celebration and I would like to wish everyone a happy time at Pride.”

After Saturday's parade, entertainment in the Gay Village starts at 2pm with the Nightingale stage finishing with Katrina (From the Waves) at 7pm.  Entertainment on Sunday will run from midday ending with Sonia at 7pm.  For more information go to www.birminghampride.com.

Birmingham Pride is organised by the Pride Festival Committee with support from Birmingham City Council and a host of other partners.

ENDS

Media contact:
Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 or 07766 923 352  debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

Note to Editors:

Parade route

  • Start at Victoria Square leading on to Colmore Row
  • Colmore Row
  • Bull Street
  • Temple Row East
  • Temple Street
  • New Street
  • Hill Street
  • Station Street
  • Dudley Street
  • Ladywell Walk
  • Hurst Street - Finish

Road closures – Pride Festival 3 stage road closures

  • Stage 1
  • 6pm Friday 27/5/11
  • Kent Street, Henstead Street, Skinner Lane, Claybrook Street, Gooch Street North, Lower Essex Street, Hurst Street (Sherlock Street to Bromsgrove Street)
  • Stage 2
  • midnight Friday 27/5/11
  • Bromsgrove Street (Essex Street to Hurst Street)
  • Stage 3
  • 5am Saturday 28/5/11
  • Essex Street, Inge Street, Hurst Street (Bromsgrove Street to Inge Street), Bromsgrove Street (whole length)
  • All roads reopen approximately 6am Monday 30/5/11
  • Pride Parade phased closures along the following route from 11.30am to 2pm
  • (Parade 12noon - 1.30pm)
  • Victoria Square, Colmore Row, Bull Street, Temple Row, Temple Street, New Street, Victoria Square, Hill Street, Station Street, Dudley Street, Pershore Street, Ladywell Walk, into Festival area described above.

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