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Bristol Pride moves to The Downs and doubles in size

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Media captionSome 12,000 attended last year's city centre parade

Bristol Pride is to double in size and move after "outgrowing" its city centre home.

More than 36,000 people packed Millennium Square, next to the harbour, in 2018, which led organisers to look to move the event to the Downs.

Organiser Daryl Carter said the move was "absolutely massive" for the July event and they wanted a venue that would "welcome" people.

Acts performing this year include Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Boney M.

The parade, which attracted 12,000 last year, will remain in the city centre.

Image caption Pride Day is a colourful event - as evidenced by this snazzy facepaint and t-shirt combo

There were complaints last year of long queues which Mr Carter said were eventually brought under control at the Harbourside site.

"We want to get an event where everybody that comes to it can actually get in," Mr Carter said.

"By moving to the Downs we are creating a massive space where people can come and celebrate Pride with us."

Image caption Sophie Ellis-Bextor is one of the many people announced as on the bill
Image caption Boney M in their heyday in the 1970s

The move comes after the organisers spent "months exploring venues and listening to feedback".

The festival still had to apply for a licence for what would be the second such event at the location in 2019, alongside the Downs Festival.

"We've been working hard with the council and the Downs committee to have the discussions about the event and we've been consulting with local residents," Mr Carter added.

"Everyone has been overwhelmingly supportive," he added.

New additions this year will also include a giant circus tent, a silent disco and a wellbeing and mindfulness area.

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