Yep! Pride’s back…
A big top has many qualities, not least the fact that it can keep out the ruddy rain. Torrential downpours can wilt the tail feathers of even the most committed diva, but no more! And the frankly enormous Newcastle Pride big top should be christened in fine style when the party gets under way on Friday 20 July at Nuns Moor (6pm-11pm) with The Vengaboys who’ll be hitting us up with all their biggies including We Like To Party, Boom Boom Boom Boomand We’re Going to Ibiza. The night will also include an appearance from – at the time of going to press – a “yet to be named superstar pop group”. Does Beyonce and Jay-Z count as a “pop group”? Imagine!
The parade will take place on Saturday 21 July, starting at 12pm and leaving from Newcastle Civic Centre. Last year 16,000 people marched through the city and this year’s promises to be just as big, if not bigger. The parade will wend its way through the city and end up at Nuns Moor where the big top high-jinx will begin once again with a huge array of acts performing including headliner, and former X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke.
The fun fair will once again be up and running and you will also be able to check out The Steve Paske Health Zone, Rainbow Village and Family and Youth Zone. The big top will be open from 12pm-6.30pm with five bars serving up the good stuff as well as eight different food stalls.
And then everyone will be back again on Sunday 22 July, from 2pm-8pm, for another day of frivolity with the headline act this time arriving in the shape of S Club.
Once again the entertainment will be entirely free although Golden Circle and VIP tickets are available if you’d like to get closer to the action to see the likes of Gareth Gates, X-Factor duo Jack and Joel, Voice favourite Jordan Gray, as well as the headliners mentioned above.
Finally, things will wind down with a candlelit vigil outside Civic Centre from 9pm to celebrate all that has been achieved in the LGBT+ struggle and to remember those around the world for whom life is still difficult.Newcastle Pride, Friday 20-Sunday 22 July. More info: northern-pride.com