June 7, 2013 at 11:58 am
Blackpool Town Centre hosts the annual Blackpool Pride Festival on the 8th and 9th of June 2013. With the fine weather looking to stay, the festival should provide a glorious celebration of sight, sound and colour alongside a fantastic weekend of entertainment. The Festival is free, and the main action takes place indoors at the Winter Gardens. Festival goers can attend all the events including special entertainment put on by the North Shore bars and hospitality venues. Make sure you secure a Blackpool Hotel booking for the weekend and stay near the town centre in order to take full advantage of all the fun. Walking Parade for Blackpool Pride In conjunction with Blackpool Council, permission has been granted for a walking parade along the Blackpool Promenade which is bound to infuse the area with a Mardi Gras atmosphere. The local organisers of Blackpool Pride are keen to invite participants from all walks of life, whether gay, lesbian or ‘straight’ to wave a rainbow flag and show their support for diversity and equality within the community. The Parade will take place on Saturday 8th June 2013. Arrive at the starting point: The Cenotaph - North Pier; by no later than 10.15 for an 11.00 start. Everyone needs to register for health and safety reasons and then the Parade will make its way up the Promenade towards Victoria Street, working its way around the vibrant Blackpool Town Centre and will finish at the Winter Gardens Festival entrance around midday. There’s a separate starting point at Birley Street for anyone with disability needs and the time to be there is 11.45am. Gay Pride and Blackpool Many artists are supporting and performing at Blackpool Pride this weekend, including Gareth Gates and Black Lace who will be on stage at the Blackpool Pride Festival. The event is designed to be a fun time for friends and family who wish to support the gay and lesbian community. Blackpool has a long association with appreciating diversity in arts, entertainment and leisure, being one of the most accepting and inclusive towns. Recognising the talent and contribution made by all to the local economy and appeal of Blackpool to tourists is a history Blackpool is to be proud of. For somewhere to stay in Blackpool during Blackpool Pride contact our friendly team who know all the great events on in and around Blackpool at the Carn Brae Hotel Blackpool for all your accommodation enquiries on 01253 345 938.