Gay pride event will be 'biggest and best yet'
A FREE festival will be held on College Green this summer to celebrate Bristol's annual gay pride event.
Bristol Pride week will run from July 7 to July 15 and will culminate with the Pride parade and a street fiesta on College Green.
The week-long festival featuring music, dance and performance art, is a celebration of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
The final "We Are: Proud" event will be held on Saturday, July 14 and at the end of the night Pride will take over the O2 Academy.
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Organisers say the event will place Bristol firmly on the global Pride map, as they once again look forward to welcoming crowds from all over the UK and beyond who will be travelling to enjoy Pride.
Pride Week promises a vibrant week of events from film, music, theatre, shopping and sport. Additions this year include the Co-Operative Community Area and the Enterprise Family Area which will house a high-profile families campaign which looks at role models for young people and the effects of homophobic bullying.
The festival is an inclusive family-friendly event and organisers want everyone who values equality and diversity to join them.
Organiser Daryn Carter said: "As the largest Pride event in the South West, and one of the only free Prides in the UK, We Are: Proud promises to be bigger and better than ever.
"We Are: Proud is a chance for people to stand up and declare that they are proud of who they are, for friends and families to show how proud they are of their loved ones and for the city to not just have a gay Pride but to be truly proud of its LGBT community.
"Pride is free this year and we invite everyone to come along. Take part in the parade, enjoy the celebrations in the day and into the evening street fiesta including a very special after party in the O2.
"We are unfunded and will be asking for donations which not only help make Pride happen but will also go to support Freedom Youth, Bristol's dedicated LGBT Youth Service."
Incoming Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Main, said: "I am so pleased that a Pride week is happening during my term of office as the first openly gay Lord Mayor of Bristol.
I certainly will be attending myself, it is so important for the LGBT community to be proud of who and what they are, and I hope that my term of office will make a difference to the LGBT community in Bristol."
For further details, about the week's events visit the website www.wearefest.com.