Liverpool Pride March Route Confirmed

THE Liverpool Pride march, which this year is animated by Brouhaha , will set off at 12pm on Saturday from St Georges Plateau. It has also been confirmed that a record number of people have subscribed to walk through the city streets on a route that will take them through Lime Street, Roe Street, Whitechapel, Lord Street, Castle Street, Victoria Street, through the gay quarter on Stanley Street and finally Dale Street and Churchill Way flyover. The theme for Liverpool Pride 2016 is Liverpool icons, chosen to commemorate the multitude of local legends who hail from the Merseyside region – from celebrities and ships to buildings and even our national dish – Scouse! So expect lots of glamorous, ridiculous, ingenuous and, downright fabulous, costumes on show during the weekend. The 2016 event will take place over 2 days in the city’s St. George’s Quarter. There will be three stages offering a full day of entertainment from 1pm to 9pm – with something for everyone whether its great music or classic burlesque. There will also be drag queens, comedy, dance, choirs, swing and all that jazz. Liverpool’s very own queen of pop Sonia will headline the main Festival Stage joined by X Factor bad boy Mason Noise, former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan, Eurovision’s Karl William Lund and Welsh singer songwriter Christopher Haul. The line-up also includes Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Ambassador – The Vivienne, Girl Talk, Jo Samuels, Miss Stylie, Darren Suarez, Beth Sherburn, Dorian Reyland, The Lotharios and Clare Sophia. A whole host of celebrities will be introducing the acts including Celebrity Big Brother hunk Austin Armacost, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Pete Price, Leanne Campbell and many more. Meanwhile, a plethora of fabulous acts will take to the Plateau Stage including The Martini Lounge, The Ruby Slippers drag queens Destiny and Phoenix, Trash Bang Love, Sing Me Merseyside, Emma McGann, Butch Boyz, George Gallagher, Alan Cross and Gerry Potter. For the first time, Liverpool Pride is supported by Awards for All to host a dedicated Find Your Pride Youth Zone. Pride has partnered with GYRO, Brook Wirral and The Action Youth Trans* project to provide a day of support and activities for people under 25. Head over to St John’s Gardens between 1-6pm and visit the Find Your Pride Marquee – events include content from GYRO and Action Youth, Wirral Brook’s Working It Out, The What’s Our Pride Story writers and the Garden Stage will host a full music programme throughout the day featuring Splintered Uke, Jack Woodward, Anthony O’Sullivan and Eleanor Nelly. The ‘We Are Family’ day on the Sunday is the latest addition to Liverpool Pride Festival 2016 which aims to create a festival atmosphere for all the family to enjoy and takes place at St George’s Quarter between 10am and 5pm. A key highlight of the day will be Sing With Pride. Singer and Sense of Sound creative director Jennifer John has been commissioned with Arts Council funding to work with six diverse choirs from communities across Liverpool City Region to perform 22 songs covering the theme Liverpool Icons. Performances will include individual choir, mass choral pieces and opportunities for audience participation to sing along and remember some of Liverpool’s best known bands and performers including The Beatles, The Christians, Dead or Alive, The Real Thing, Black, Mel C, and Echo and The Bunnymen. An Alternative Fashion Show will provide a visual performance on the steps of Liverpool’s iconic St George’s Hall, which provides the stunning backdrop for this year’s Festival. The day’s finale will conclude with Jennifer John and all six choirs performing together to deliver a special tribute to Cilla Black, featuring Thomas Lang singing You’re My World by Cilla Black, which marks almost the first anniversary of her death on 1st August 2015.