Birmingham Pride isn’t just the largest celebration of LGBT life in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. In fact, it’s the whole country’s biggest two-day gay festival, attracting a staggering 75,000 people each year. The first Birmingham Gay Pride Weekend took place in July 1972, one week after the first London Gay Pride Week, itself the first Gay Pride Rally to take place outside the United States.
Today, it usually features a carnival parade through the city centre, dance and musical events, funfair rides, a temporary village, street stalls and entertainments.
Birmingham Gay Pride sure knows how to throw a good party! Taking part over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Birmingham City Pride brings the UK’s second biggest city to life, packing out the streets.
The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Birmingham Pride starts with an incredible pride parade, which travels from the city center to the Gay Village in Hurst Street. Here a festival site, referred to as 'gay village' hosts music acts, a dance arena with DJs, funfair, cabaret, comedy and stalls, as well as around 15 gay bars and clubs. For 2019, the Carnival Parade will kick off on Saturday, May 25, at 12 noon from Victoria Square, so start preparing your best outfit.
While the artists for 2019 are still TBC, expect to see major music-makers rocking the queer crowd at this year’s Birmingham Gay Pride. In fact, the pride has confirmed that 2019 will welcome the most diverse and vibrant line-up to date. Sold yet? Well, we can confirm with you however, that iconic pop group The Human League, will be performing on Sunday, May 26 on the main stage in the heart of the Gay Village, so surely that's enough persuasion to attend!
The theme for Birmingham Pride 2019 is 'Love out Loud', which is a celebration of our right to love, not only other people, but ourselves too, and to do it LOUD. No matter what your gender, sexuality, personal identity, color, religion, or race, Birmingham Pride is about bringing the community together for one incredible pride celebration. So, will we be seeing you there loud and proud this year?
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