Leeds Pride: 12 Years and Counting
Words: Harry McMullen
Here in 21st Century Britain, we are very lucky to live in a progressive society. Being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans+ (LGBT) has become, or it certainly is becoming, socially acceptable. Sadly, many members of the LGBT community around the world are still being persecuted for their sexuality and their beliefs.
First established in 2006, Leeds Pride was founded to celebrate the very best of LGBT life in the city but twelve years on, Pride is now Yorkshire’s biggest and best LGBT rally. Leeds Pride acts as a beacon not only for Leeds but for the North of the country evidenced by the 32,000+ people in attendance at last years event.
This year Leeds Pride will be taking place on Sunday 5th August and organisers are expecting the biggest crowd yet.
Here’s the running order in Leeds on the Pride Bank Holiday Weekend:
– Pride properly kicks of on Saturday 4th August as Bananarama play at Millennium Square, the concert is set to act as an opening ceremony for Leeds Pride. Discounted tickets are available for the concert when bought through the official Leeds Pride website.
– Sunday starts early, with two hours of entertainment on the Sainsbury’s Parade stage in Millennium Square. The performances at the stage include: West-End star Jordan Fox and stage headliners Bang Bang Romeo who will sow the seeds for the huge celebration.
– Afterwards we have the parade, where Pride is at its zenith. Up to 60 floats are set to be on display at the parade, from each and every corner of the region. The procession will begin at Millennium Square, before travelling across The Headrow, down Vicar Lane and New York Street, across Kirkgate and eventually pitching up at Leeds’ Freedom Quarter, Lower Briggate. This is where the real party begins!
– The Freedom Quarter will host the biggest party of the Pride celebrations. A stage will be erected on Lower Briggate as the rest of street will be contiguous with the a sea of rainbows. On stage, Pride-goers can expect to find headline acts: Heather Small, Marcus Collins as well as Sonia who will be performing all their smash hits beneath the famous Pride viaduct. The party will continue long into the night at many of the bars and clubs around the Freedom Quarter will be staying open late especially for the occasion.
Let’s make this years Leeds Pride the best one yet!
For more information on the Pride Weekend and a for a full breakdown of the line up head to: www.leedspride.com