Pride festival to return to the Preston for a second year

PRIDE: Last year's event was a success
PRIDE: Last year's event was a success
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A celebration of Preston’s diverse community will be marked at the this year’s pride festival.

Preston Pride will return for a second year on Saturday September 28 to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the city and beyond.

The first festival was held last year and organisers are promising that this year’s event will be ‘bigger, louder and prouder’.

The festival will be held on Preston Flag Market outside the Harris Museum.

There will be variety of live music and entertainment for the whole family, with the official after-party being hosted by Hangout Harry at Rumes Bar and Nightclub, Church Street, Preston.

The day time events kick off at 12pm and are free of charge, however there will be a small charge for after-party events, with tickets available to buy in advance.

Last year’s event saw a host of activities for all the family including stalls on the Flag Market, a stage for up and coming entertainers, and a demonstration from the city’s very own roller skating team, Preston Roller Girls.

Chairman of the festival’s committee, Steven Griffin said: “I think it is going to be bigger, louder and prouder than last year.

“It is all family oriented, there’s lots of different things happening this year.

“There will be a young people and families chill out youth zone, we’ve got the One Voice Choir and the Preston Musical Comedy Society.”

Mr Griffin said he hoped the celebration event would help to ‘break down barriers and stereotypes’ about the LGBT community.

He added: “Pride is about promoting community engagement and integrating the LGBT communities within society, to tell people we exist, we are one community within Lancashire and Preston and we are here.”

The festival was officially launched on Friday August 16 at The Hidden Gem: Mariettas in Church Street, Preston, where sponsors and supporters were given a sneak peek of the new official website.

The day time events kick off at 12pm and are all free of charge.

However there will be a small charge for after-party events, with tickets available to buy in advance.

For tickets call Andrew on 07751 711335 or visit facebook.com/HangoutHarry.

For further details and to stay up to date with all the latest festival news visit the festival’s Facebook page at facebook.com/PrestonPride, or on Twitter @PrestonPrideUK

The official Preston Pride website it set to go live in the coming days, visit: www.PrestonPride2013.com.