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Pride festival takes to city's streets

Published on Thursday, September 1, 2016

LEICESTER's colourful and vibrant Pride festival will take to the streets this weekend.

The city's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival takes place on Saturday, September 3.

It begins with a spectacular parade which will work its way through the city and on to Victoria Park, where there will be live music and performances by top dance DJs, market stalls, funfair rides and health and wellbeing information. 

The city council's equality team will have a stall on the day, offering advice and information.

The parade starts at noon and arrives at the park for 1pm. The festival itself runs on the park until 8pm.

Deputy City Mayor, Cllr Rory Palmer, who will open the event, said: "I am looking forward to this year's Leicester Pride, which is always an excellent event.

"Pride is a powerful and vibrant illustration of Leicester's diversity. It is also an important reminder of the continuing campaigns for equality in the city and across the rest of the world."

The city council supports the event financially by putting in £7,000 of funding. In addition, the council provides advice and support on event management. 

The council will also be flying rainbow flags at City Hall and Town Hall Square on the day of the festival. 

Martyn Parker, director and chairman of Leicester Pride, said: "The Pride festival goes from strength to strength each year. 

"We are always really well supported and get a great turn out - it’s a happy, safe environment for people, where we can all have lots of fun."

Leicester Assistant City Mayor for communities and equalities, Cllr Manjula Sood, added: "The LGBT community makes an important contribution to the life and diversity of the city and I'm delighted that Pride has proved to be such a popular event over the years."

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