Liverpool is one of Englandâ€™s largest cities and arguably the most famous and fashionable outside London. As a prosperous seaport of some 1.5 million, the city is a melting pot of assorted cultures and people. Liverpoolâ€™s LGBT community has found its groove, heading down the same path as the city itself, which 10 years ago was titled â€œCapital of Cultureâ€. Together with the boasting of Homophobia, an internationally acclaimed gay arts festival, and Outsiders LGBT film festival, the community also swanks an astounding Gay Pride that rivals those of other major UK destinations.
The 2010 edition of Liverpool pride – taking place August 7-8 – is the first gay festival hosted by the city in over 10 years and will be built around the theme “Rainbow Circus”. The overall look and feel of the festival will be based around this idea, with decorations, window dressings, booths and entertainment stemming from this common theme.
On Saturday 7 August, plans are afoot for the vivid and vibrant Pride march starting from St. George’s plateau at midday and taking in Liverpool’s gay quarter and part of the city centre. The Dale Street areas will be closed off for the Pride street party with music, cabaret and street entertainers embracing the rainbow circus theme, before a top secret finale.
The fun is set to continue after the street party, with a number of venues in Liverpool’s gay quarter and the Hope Street area running Pride events, to highlight the city’s diverse gay culture.
A number of Pride arts and sports events will be taking place on Sunday 8 August, with Liverpool City Council actively encouraging organizations and groups to get involved. Pride Sports are helping to organize a Liverpool Pride sports day at Wavertree Park, and a number of the city’s groups and organizations will be throwing their doors open to festival-goers and hosting a variety of Pride events.