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Dress to impress @ Pride 2003
Pride 2003 is taking place over the bank holiday weekend of the 24/25/26 May. You gotta look the part so get yourself down to the free carnival workshop and be the belle of the ball!

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Birmingham Pride is always an extravagant affair with glorious and often outrageous costumes. Don't miss out on your chance to get some expert tuition in costume design so that you too can look the part in this year's parade.

Garry Jones
Garry Jones - visual artist for the Pride workshops

Garry Jones is a visual artist and has been organised and running the Birmingham Pride Carnival workshops since 1999. Not only will the workshops provide you with a fantastic outfit, but it gives like-minded people the chance to get together.

"Last year more than 750 people joined in the parade. We'll be knocking out a

Stuart in a floral number

minimum of 100 outfits during the workshops - the workshops are great because it's often a culture shock for someone to say it's okay, you can be gay."

The theme for Pride 2003 is Capital of Culture - in support of Birmingham's bid to be Capital of Culture 2008.

Mark; "I feel lovely!"

Mark, who is a regular at Pride said; " I feel lovely! I'm excited I've been going to Pride for 6 years now."

Stuart: ' Last year I went as a 70's dico queen. This year it's gonna be purple and silver."

Firt time Pride-goer Debbie from Moseley said, " I've been invited to take part and help with costumes. It's great to meet so many people - there's a real melting pot of different people."

Hidden amongst the reams of tulle, netting, sequins and glitter is construction artist Jane Douglas, complete with power tools. She does the heavy construction work on the floats;

Jane Douglas
Jane Douglas

"The best part is people come and get involved and don't know what a screwdriver is, and leave having learned lots and discovering hidden talents."

But it's not just DIY novices that Jane nurtures - she has also had her brain picked by the Sydney Mardis Gras team who wanted tips from Jane based on the success of Birmingham Pride.

If you want to go along to the Carnival workshops - they're free - and take place on Monday - Thursday evenings 6-9pm at AB+ on Lower Essex St (Near to The Fox pub). Or call Garry Jones on 0774 259 5921



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