The city centre route for this weekend’s Liverpool Pride March has been confirmed by organisers.
People across the city are being encouraged to show support along the way as the event forms part of the two-day Liverpool Pride Festival from 29-30 July.
Official registration for the march has now closed but there’s still a chance to get involved in the celebration of all things LGBT+ by going along or joining thousands of spectators to line the route.
Following this year’s Liverpool Pride theme of ‘International Love’, highlighting LGBT+ lives around the world, it will leave St George’s Plateau at 12pm on Saturday (29 July) before heading towards Roe Street and Hood Street.
Carrying a sea of rainbow and international flags and banners it will then continue along Whitechapel, Lord Street, Derby Square, Castle Street and Dale Street, before moving along North John Street and Victoria Street to Liverpool’s Stanley Street Quarter.
Passing through the area which displays an all year round visible support the city’s LGBT+ community, the march will then be led up Stanley Street before returning to Dale Street and the heading across the Churchill Way flyover.
The march will then finish at its St George’s Plateau starting point.
Participants are encouraged to gather at the starting point from 10.30am as security checks will be in operation, which will be faster if people arrive without bags, and a host of special guests and dignitaries are lined up to officially welcome the crowd.
Joan Burnett, a trustee of Liverpool Pride, says: “This year we expect our March to be bigger than ever. Our International Love theme means we look out across the world and celebrate Liverpool’s diverse cultures with flamboyance and joy. We will also remember the places where is it extremely dangerous, if not deadly, to be LGBT.
“We’ll be carrying flags of the nations where things are still difficult. Our four artist banners inspired by Ed Hall, maker of the famous Liverpool Dockers banner, will help get our message across with beauty and dignity. We extend the Liverpool Pride invite to everyone – come along, march with us or line the route, and share in the theme of International Love.”
Members of the family of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008, will be leading the march, with Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes and members of the city’s LGBT+ Christian community among this year’s participants.
Throughout the weekend the 2017 Liverpool Pride Festival, which will also celebrate 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, will also bring a host of fun activities and live entertainment.
Atomic Kitten will be Saturday’s headline act, and Sunday will bring the We Are Family day of LGBT+ festivities.