Everything we know so far about Pride in Liverpool celebrations

Pride in Liverpool 2023 crowds
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Liverpool is weeks away from being turned into a sea of rainbow.

Every year, Pride in Liverpool, organised by LCR Pride Foundation, takes over the city centre for a fun-filled day of music, dancing and colour to remember the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. And this year is no different.

Now, over a decade on from Liverpool's first official Pride, the region boasts multiple events, reaching every corner of Merseyside. However, many look forward to Pride in Liverpool being the main one.

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Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming weekend festivities:

Friday, July 26

For the first time, an extra day of celebrations will be held on the weekend.

Pride Classical will see a 32-piece orchestra take to the stage to perform the best Pride anthems of the last 50 years - on the eve of Pride in Liverpool.

Taking place at the waterfront, Jake Shears, the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, will be headlining. He will be joined by actor and musician Ashford Campbell, Halewood entertainer and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Danny Beard and West End’s Alison Jiear.

Pride Classical kickstarts the festivities with final-release tickets being available here.

The event is open to anyone aged 14 and over. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 16 and accompanying adults may have up to three under 16s with them.

The site opens from 5pm, with the show starting at 8pm. It will last for around two hours, with a 30-minute break. The last entry to the event is 9pm.

Saturday, July 29

In usual fashion, the Saturday will begin with the March with Pride parade. Starting from outside St George’s Hall, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies will walk through the city centre and finish at the waterfront.

There, attendees will be treated to a performance by Eurovision winner, Katrina, formerly Katrina and the Waves, as she is the headline act for the mainstage. The American singer is known for her vocals on Walking on Sunshine and Going Down to Liverpool.

The march and mainstage are both free to attend and for all ages.

Also happening on Saturday is the British Firefighter Challenge. Coming to the city for the first time, it is being hosted by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and being held jointly with Pride. It will run over to Sunday, July 28 as well.

The challenge, now hosting its eighth annual event, inspires health and fitness across the service.

The two-day event sees firefighters go head-to-head as they complete eight stages - each of which demonstrates the rigours placed on individuals and teams at an incident ground.

The ECHO will be bringing you more details of what is being called the “biggest Pride in Liverpool programme”, by organisers.

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