Festival Fever Mounts for Birmingham’s ‘Pink Goes Green’ Gay Pride

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UK’s biggest environmentally-friendly free gay and lesbian party gets under way on Saturday

S Club, Eurovision star Jessica Garlick and the UK’s leading Madonna-alike Melissa Totten are just a few names set to star on the festival’s main stage at Birmingham’s environmentally-friendly Gay Pride this coming weekend.

Tens of thousands are expected to turn out in England’s ‘Second City’ for the 13th annual Pride 09, which this year has the theme pink meets green.

For the first time in its history, Pride has secured a parade which will go through the city’s streets on a Saturday from 2pm.

And the new Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Wilkes, will give an official civic send off from Victoria Square.

Road closures will be in place with thousands of people expected to join in and enjoy the colourful event which will proceed down through the city centre.

Following the parade festival goers will make their way to Hurst Street and the Gay Village where a main stage, cabaret marquee, community village green, dance tent, fun fair, village bars and clubs plus scores of market stalls will provide great entertainment.

“A huge amount has gone into organising this event which is open to everyone to come along and enjoy,” said festival director Lawrence Barton.

“We are here to celebrate diversity and equality as well as showcase the village which is vibrant part of a great city.

“I am delighted that Birmingham City Council has worked with us to ensure the parade takes place on the first day of the festival – and that the Environment Agency has also supported the event.”

Birmingham Pride for 2009 has a green theme and is being supported by the Environment Agency as well as Birmingham-based GB Training Ltd, Birmingham City Council and the many clubs, bars and businesses in the Village area.

It is spreading a ‘pink meets green’ message with a doubling of effort to encourage more people and businesses to be more environmentally friendly.

Part of that will be seen in the parade which will see hundreds of people on foot mixed with a number of superbly decorated vehicles.

The parade route will take in New Street, Temple Street, Temple Row and Colmore Row, before ending in back in Victoria Square in time for festival-goers to get down to the village area for the celebrations to continue.

The Pride festival takes place in Birmingham’s Gay Village, which covers the area around Hurst Street, Bromsgrove Street and Essex Street.