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May 2003
Birmingham Pride 2003
Pride crowd
Birmingham Pride Crowd
The Midlands' lesbian and gay community are gearing themselves up for this year's Birmingham Pride, to be held in the city's gay village on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 May.
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Pride 2003 Index

Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Pride Messageboard

Brum's Gay Scene

Carnival Costume Workshop

Women's Arena

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Out Central

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The gay festival, which attracts over 100,000 visitors from throughout the UK over a three-day period, launches with a Carnival Parade on the Saturday, setting off from Victoria Square at 5pm. If you haven't yet entered a float, there's still time - and you can join the workshop if you need assistance with its construction.

The Carnival Parade will launch the event from Birmingham City Centre and the parade will then wind its way down to the Birmingham Gay Village, where the party gets started.

Pride clubber
Pride clubber

From then on, it's party party party! Most of the bars and clubs in Birmingham have got late-night extensions throughout the weekend.  

On the Saturday night, of course, it's the Eurovision Song Contest, which revellers can enjoy on big screens in a number of the village's bars and clubs.

There's also a major Eurovision night at the city's nearby National Indoor Arena, where the contest is being shown live on a huge screen and former Eurovision entrants  Brotherhood of Man and Gina G are performing live. Cheryl Baker hosts the event.

On both Sunday (25th) and Monday (26th), the street atmosphere in the gay village will be electric, with Pride boasting numerous gay and lesbian stalls, more funfair rides than ever before, a specific women's-only arena, and mini-stage arenas featuring live acts and dj's!

Pride women
Pride women

For gay and lesbian families and those who are looking for the ultimate chill-out space at Pride, go in search of the Village Green arena. Here, you'll be able to relax and listen to classical music, have a picnic on the grass, and sit and watch the world go by.

And for those who are looking for some great artistic stuff, head for the Capital of Culture Performance Arena, which is set to host some performance excerpts from the likes of Cameron Macintosh's Miss Saigon, Birmingham's own DanceXchange, and highlights from Fierce - Birmingham's International Arts Festival.

And if you want to enjoy the whole performance of Miss Saigon, you can do so at the Birmingham Hippodrome, where the blockbuster show plays over the Pride weekend and right through until September!

Gina G
Gina G

Also appearing over the weekend at the leading gay clubs are The Cheeky Girls, Lisa Scott Lee (from Steps), and hot from t.v's Reborn In The USA - Gina G and Michelle Gayle.

Whatever you're looking for at a gay and lesbian festival, you're likely to find it at Birmingham Pride. Okay, so it may not have star names appearing, but the event has a great heart, friendly atmosphere, and is one of the most diverse and inclusive festivals in the land.



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