August 2, 2012
August Gay Prides in the UK
Last month I posted up a list of the UK’s Prides for July. Here’s your Augustly update. Get out there and rock those rainbow socks!
Liverpool Gay Pride, said to be the biggest free Pride festival in England, kicks off on Friday with its Parade on Saturday 4th August 2012. Boasting 40,000 marchers last year, this year they want even more people than the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant. ‘Nautical but Nice’ is their theme, with their flotillas setting sail from William Brown Street at 12pm heading towards Pier Head for the evening’s entertainment. Liverpool Pride is quite unusual in that it is an emission free celebration with no vehicles, bar those needed for the disabled, allowed in the parade. Marcus Collins, X Factor runner up, will feature at the Waterfront Stage on the Pier.
Swindon and Wiltshire Pride give us Baby D and Basshunter for their one day Pride celebration on Saturday 4th August 2012. Heading off from the Westlecott Road at 11:15am, the Parade will make its way towards Quarry Road to the Town Gardens for the Post Parade Party. The Nationwide Mainstage starts at 1:30pm, the Variety Stage starts at 12:30pm and the Community Stage starts at 12pm. A free Parade, a priority pass is available on their site for £7.50 allowing marchers to enter the bowl of the Post Parade show via a Queue Jump lane. Celebrations at Swindon Pride go on until 10:30pm.
‘The largest Pride in Ireland’, Belfast Pride sets off on Saturday 4th August 2012 from Custom House Square at 12pm where the Lagan Lookout will be open from 11am. Snaking around City Hall ad down Castle Place, the parade ends up back at Custom House Square for their Post Parade Party. This year the theme is Pride at Sea – a great excuse to whip out the sailer hats. Kitty Brucknell, Tina Cousins, Ryan Jagger, Kezi Silverstone any many more will be performing at Custom House which is free to all beginning at 11am and goes on until 7pm. For the quieter of sorts, Belfast Pride has an alternative Families in the Square beside the Big Fish, Donegal Quay from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
Saturday 12th August 2012 gives us Wakefield Pride. Gathering at Southgate, there’ll be market stalls, fairground rides, music acts and bars. Kicking off at 1pm, the festivities will last until 11pm and continue onto The New Union and Havana to go on until the wee hours. Acts confirmed for the Wakefield festival include Anna Glypta, The Dame Shirley Bassey Experience, Simon Mille, The New Big Soul, Back To The Future, Uma Daze, The Viaduct Showgirls amongst numerous others. Hosting the evening will be Miss Blanche, MarkyMark & Miss Sordid Secret.
Manchester Pride is next on the calendar with it’s Parade falling on 25th August 2012. Queer’d Science is their theme this year with their procession leaving heading on from 1pm. Starting on Deansgate, their Parade finishes on Whitworth Street, just outside Manchester’s famous ‘Gay Village’. A free Parade, their Post Parade events are pay in with the Gaydar Main Arena at Sackville Street featuring Steps, Bjorn Again, Louise Dearman, Scarletts Roses and more. There’s also the Sackville Gardens with a Women’s Stage featuring Toyah, Never the Bride, Kath and the Kicks and a Up and Coming Acts Stage with The Spiels, I am Titch and Alfie Ordinary. A Lifestyle Expo and Village Market will also be present.
Also on 25thAugust 2012 is Cornwall Pride at Truro Piazza from 11am. Themed Hollywood!, the Parade is set to end up at Victoria Park for 12pm ready for the Party in the Park. A family event – with face paint, stalls, and entertainment, it leads perfectly to the more adult Pride Party at Lemon Quay from 7pm, a pay in event.
Foyle Pride, Derry’s addition on 25th August 2012 brings us the theme Exploring Identity. Starting at 2pm, the march will follow the traditional civil rights march route from Waterside train station across Craigavon Bridge through the city centre to Guildhall Square. Only in its 3rd year, it’s definitely one we should all head down to support.
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