Pride in the city this weekend

LIVERPOOL PRIDE returns this weekend and many of the city’s prominent buildings are lit up in the colours of the rainbow in anticipation and support of the annual celebration of all things LGBT+.

The 2-day festival has changed location this year with the main Saturday events taking place on Tithebarn Street. The march will set off as usual from St. George’s Hall at noon and wind its way through the city centre before finishing at Moorfields.

The Barclays Main Stage from headline sponsor Barclays will be situated by the Superlambanana, while the Manchester Airport San Francisco stage will be in the square between Vernon Street and Cunliffe Street, sponsor Manchester Airport will also host the Manchester Airport Boston Bar.

Sophie Ellis Bextor is headlining the main stage and others on the bill include drag star and Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act, the cast of Kinky Boots, House of Suarez, Rogue Minogue and Queen Zee.

The Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage, curated by the Liverpool Queer Collective, will feature a unique cabaret programme.

Day two of Liverpool Pride takes place on Sunday 29 July with Sundae Funday at The Bluecoat. The family focused day will feature dance, arts and craft activities, food market, and barbecue in the Bluecoat Garden, alongside Pride events at the International Slavery Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

In addition to Pride weekend a whole host of LGBT+ events will take place across the city to celebrate the month of Pride.

In theatre, the LGBT+ drama comedy The Ruby Slippers comes to Liverpool’s Royal Court from 24 – 28 July starring Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey.  Grin Theatre’s annual Queertet comes to The Casa on 26 and 27 July.

Pride at the Pictures presents All About My Mother on Monday 23 July and Divine Divas in association with Brazilica on Monday 30 July.

For the full festival programme including all community events visit liverpoolpride.co.uk