WE Are Family returns to Liverpool Pride for a second year this July. The free family-friendly event drew a huge crowd in its first year and is set to come back bigger and better for 2017. The fun-filled day will be held at St George’s Quarter on Sunday 30th July between 11am and 5pm and Liverpool Pride are inviting families of all ages from across the Liverpool City Region to join the celebration with an afternoon filled with fun activities, workshops and a jam-packed programme of live entertainment. Families attending can enjoy a whole host of fun activities including inflatables, fairground rides, international dance and arts and crafts stalls. There will also be international food stalls and bars across the festival site. Headlining the Barclays Main Stage is Liverpool local Marcus Collins who shot to fame in 2011 when he appeared on popular ITV talent search The XFactor. Most recently Marcus appeared in smash hit musical Kinky Boots on London’s West End. Promising to put on a great show for his hometown audience Marcus said: “I cannot wait to headline the Sunday Stage this year and look forward to meeting new and old friends for what is going to be an incredible family weekend.” Joining Marcus on Sunday’s line up are boyband 5 to 5 who will perform a medley of songs from upcoming musical The Band. Don’t miss your chance to see an exclusive preview of songs from the smash hit musical before it goes on tour, which includes Liverpool Empire Theatre next January. Returning to Liverpool Pride for 2017 is Jennifer John & Merseyside Choirs. Jennifer has been working closely with choirs from across the Liverpool City Region to create a choral performance based around this year’s Liverpool Pride theme of International Love. Audiences are invited to sing along to classics that celebrate the theme of the weekend. Headline sponsor Barclays will also be holding free informative sessions for children and parents. Code Playground offers a fun way to learn the basics of coding. The 2-hour session is designed for children aged 7 to 17 to learn the basics and develop digital skills for the future, book a place by visiting bit.ly/LiverpoolPrideCP. Whilst DigiSafe in Cyber Space offers guidance on everything needed to master the digital world. Providing tips and guidance on how to stay safe on-line including fun and interactive activities, hints on social media privacy settings, advice on pop-ups, and tips on recognising fraudulent emails, visit bit.ly/LiverpoolPrideTT to book a place. We Are Family was launched by Liverpool Pride Festival in 2016 in acknowledgement of family and friends from the wider community who support the LGBT+ movement. The event allows the LGBT+ community to open the doors of the Pride Festival to all communities, friends and family, allowing them to join in the Pride celebrations through a range of activities and performances spreading a message of acceptance and equality. Michael Carey, from Liverpool Pride Festival, said: “We are very excited to bring back We Are Family for its second year. Last year’s event was a huge success, it was great to see residents from all over the Liverpool City Region come together for a celebration of all things LGBT+. In the 50th year since the legalisation of homosexuality it seems even more poignant to stand side by side with the wider community in celebration of the City’s diversity.” Liverpool Pride Festival 2017 offers a week-long programme of activity which culminates with a two-day event on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30st July. The festival is returning for its second year to Liverpool’s St George’s Quarter and features the well-established Liverpool Pride March on the Saturday.