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