52,000 attend Liverpool Pride 2012
Britain’s largest free Pride outside London increases attendance figures for the third consecutive year
Over 52,000 people are expected to have attended Liverpool Pride 2012, according to organisers.
The UK’s biggest FREE Pride event outside of London, Liverpool Pride 2012 took place at Liverpool’s iconic pier-head and throughout the city’s Stanley Street Quarter.
Organisers also announced that, despite the rain, the Liverpool Pride March had increased in size from previous years, with 5,000 people taking part and 10,000 spectators lining the cities streets to watch the nautical themed procession.
The Liverpool Pride 2012 March also made history. For first time ever a Premier League football club; Liverpool Football Club was represented at a Pride March with staff, supporters and members of the LFC women’s team all taking part, marching behind an LFC banner. It was also the first year that Liverpool Pride Marched with Patron Angela Eagle MP at the helm of the procession alongside Liverpool Pride Trustees, representatives from the City Council including Lady Mayor Cllr Sharon Sullivan and Deputy elected Mayor Paul Brant and the family of murdered teenager Michael Causer.
Throughout the day, Pride-goers were treated to a feast of great entertainment at both the Pier Head and in the Stanley Street Quarter including performances from Marcus Collins, Liz McClarnon and 2 Shoes to name but a few. There were also a number of celebs in attendance including Alex Gerrard, the wife of LFC’s Steven Gerrard, the cast of Desperate Scousewives, the Mayor of Liverpool and Lee Latchford Evans from Steps who came along to support his girl band ConcreteRose who performed on the Main Stage.
Otherhighlights included a bigger than ever LGBT market, 2 for 1 tickets on Mersey Ferry river cruises and a Health and Wellbeing zone.
Zoran Blackie, Chair of Liverpool Pride said: ‘It may have rained on our parade but it didn’t dampen our spirits. I am so grateful to all of the team, volunteers, sponsors, venues and most importantly the local LGBT community, their friends and families who made the day so special and our city loud and proud. Here’s to next year!’
In just three years, Liverpool Pride has established itself as one of the major highlights in the city and the wider LGBT community’s summer calendar. Bursting onto the scene, the inaugural Liverpool Pride festival attracted over 20,000 people, which was doubled to over 44,000 in 2011 and now increased to 52,000 in 2012.
The festival came about following the launch of the LGB&T Network, at which the public voted for a Pride festival to engage, empower and involve the LGB&T communities within the city. This was fully endorsed by Liverpool City Council in January 2009. Following a number of high profile attacks in the city, the event was established in 2010 and now takes place each year to coincide with the anniversary of Michael Causer’s death.
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A little about Liverpool Pride…
Liverpool Pride is the official pride festival by and for the Liverpool lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender (LBGT) communities. In 2010 it was a two day eventwith one day festival held on 7 August 2010 and a ‘Chill Out Sunday’ on 8 August with a range of cultural and sporting events across the city.
The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the death of Michael Causer. Before confirming the date organisers took into account the date of other events in the city, festival organisers are also happy to confirm that the festival does not clash with any major pride festival including Brighton and Hove Pride which this year will take place on 1st September.
Liverpool Pride is funded through contributions made from delivery partners as well as through advertising and sponsorship as well as significant in-kind support. Liverpool Pride is currently undergoing charity registration and does not make a profit.
A little about Liverpool LGBT festivals…
Liverpool Pride joins Homotopia, an arts and social justice organisation, which has existed since 2004. Homotopia produces an annual arts festival & year round participatory, education & social justice projects
The OpenLGBT Youth Film Festival celebrated its debut with five days of free screenings at the Plaza Community Cinema, visit http://openlgbt.wordpress.com/
Date created: August 6, 2012