Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before, the Birmingham Pride festival lit up the city streets as revellers gathered at Centenary Square before parading along a sea of colour and glitter like never before. And, with in excess of 100,000 people filling a rainbow-coloured cavalcade that meandered its way to an expecting Gay Village, there was no better way for the city’s LGBTQ+ community to stand out, loud and proud, in delivering a weekend of celebration, reflection, and activism.
Awash with the spirit of carnival - and celebrating 26 years - with sunshine and solidarity in the city, the highlight of this three days of celebration was centred across two sites and six stages in the Village, which saw the likes of The Sugababes with Cat Burns, Samantha Mumba, Drag Race UK winner Danny Beard, Gabrielle and Bwitched prepare to be centre stagers to entertain the fast-growing mass crowd.
For a proud ‘Pride organiser, Lawrence Barton, it was reward for yet again putting the city’s best food forward, as he said: "This year’s ground-breaking Birmingham Pride is seen by around a hundred thousand people in the heart of the city, and I hope everyone attending will have had a safe and happy time here.”
And, with much more to come this weekend, the celebrations are nowhere near its end!