Record number of people turn out for the city’s annual Pride march, while Pride in Liverpool’s inaugural Youth Zone was a roaring success
Thousands of people took to the streets today to celebrate Pride in Liverpool, with a record 12,000 coming together for the annual march – 2,000 more than in 2018 and the largest Pride march the city has ever seen.
The festival’s inaugural Youth Zone, sponsored by the Michael Causer Foundation, was also a roaring success. The designated area was packed throughout the day, as young LGBT+ people and their families enjoyed a free BBQ provided by Bay Tree Catering and the designated area’s chill out zone, acoustic stage and craft activities.
Following the event, Pride in Liverpool organisers also announced the date for Pride in Liverpool 2020 as Saturday 25th July, with other events for next year also still to be revealed.
The theme for this year’s festival was, “Come As You Are”, a year-long theme and programme of events, calling to all people, regardless of where they are from or how they identify, to take pride in their identity and come together in the spirit of friendship, love and respect.
The procession painted the city centre rainbow and they marched in commemoration of the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising and in protest against the prejudice and inequalities that the LGBT+ community continues to face, in the UK and across the globe.
The 2019 festival is the first annual Pride festival to be delivered by LCR Pride Foundation, an organisation that was established at the start of the year with the aim of extending the message of pride outside the festival weekend and across all six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region. Its mission is to make the Liverpool City Region the most LGBT+ friendly in the UK.
Following the march, a host of musicians and performers took to the festival’s two stages for a day of singing, dancing and spectacular performances.
Electropop singer-songwriter and DJ, Little Boots, and Finnish-born X-Factor Dance Like Nobody’s Watching singer, Saara Aalto headlined the Barclays Stage, which had been programmed by Liverpool Sound City, following performances from a host of local performers including Adam Lyons, House of Suarez and the UK’s only RuPaul’s Drag Race Ambassador, The Vivienne.
Over on the LIMF Academy-programmed Showcase Stage, festival goers were treated to a wealth of upcoming local and national talent, including stage headliner and LIMF Academy “Most Ready” Alumnus, Amique, who wowed crowds with his genre-defying performance that fused R&B, Jazz, Soul and Rock.
As the festival moved into its final performances, there was also an extra special surprise on the Barclays Stage, as LCR Pride Foundation Co-Founder popped the question to boyfriend Allan Watts – and he said YES!