Liverpool Pride draws record crowd

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Liverpool Pride 2012

The third annual Liverpool Pride festival took place this weekend in support of the city’s LGBT community, and organisers declared it a huge success with a record 52,000 in attendance.

Saturday’s festival saw a wide range of events held across the city’s most significant cultural hotspots.

The theme was ‘Nautical But Nice’ – one that sought to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking whilst taking advantage of the main site situated on the River Mersey.

Crowds lined the streets of the city centre to witness Liverpool Pride’s main attraction; the parade, which was accompanied by the Batala Drummers.

At a little after midday, the procession headed off from William Brown Street towards the Pier Head, and the heavy rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those taking part, as many made the effort to dress in costumes in the party spirit.

Once at the Pier Head, the second main event at the Waterfront Stage continued the entertainment. X Factor runner up and Liverpudlian Marcus Collins headlined the concert, and he told an excited crowd during his set that he was “so lucky” to come from the city.

Marcus Collins at Liverpool Pride 2012

The concert continued into the late afternoon with performances by Two Shoes, Catch 22 and Liz McClarnon.

Kyan Morrison, 17, from Wallasey said: “I thought Pride was amazing. Although I don’t think that the it tackles any of the issues the LGBT community faces, still, for me, the parade was a statement showing that we are proud to be who we are.

“Those performing at the concert are role models for our community so it helps to see them on stage, showing their talents, having a good time and being proud.”

Jen Sutcliffe, 28, from West Derby said: “I enjoyed it. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone who came was having a really good time.”

 

 

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