Biggest ever Carnival Parade for Birmingham Pride's 21st Anniversary

Biggest ever Carnival Parade for Birmingham Pride's 21st Anniversary
Local News
Posted on 1 Jun 2018

The organisers of last month’s 21st anniversary Birmingham Pride presented the biggest ever Carnival Parade with over 130 entries and over 5,000 participants. More than 75,000 spectators turned out to support the parade through the city centre, with tens of thousands of party revellers enjoying the festival in the city’s gay village throughout the two days.

This year’s festival featured its most diverse line-up of more than 100 performers and DJs. Headliners included Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, Rudimental, Nadine Coyle, Gossip's Beth Ditto and MNEK.

Lawrence Barton, Birmingham Pride Festival Director, commented: “This year’s 21st Anniversary Carnival Parade has undoubtedly been the most successful in our history.  We were amazed by the tens of thousands of spectators who turned out to support our Be You themed parade, in addition to all the visitors to the two-day Pride festival that followed. 

“We are indebted to both West Midlands Police and the security teams deployed, who collectively ensured it was such a safe and happy Pride for everyone to enjoy.

“Everybody who got involved worked tirelessly to ensure that the festival went without a hitch. We’re all immensely proud of everyone who took part.”

Birmingham Pride next year is being held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019.

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