Blackpool Pride 2013 is being re-launched on Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9 in an effort to attract more families to the event.
Since 2006, the event has been held as a street party, but in this year it will move to the Winter Gardens as a free, two-day indoor event, with party venues, information services, an LGBT market place and restaurants and cafes.
There will be a variety of entertainment in the Theatre Bar of the Winter Gardens on the Saturday, and an afternoon tea with show tunes at The Pavilion Theatre on the Sunday.
Plans are also underway to host a parade along the Promenade to the Winter Gardens via North Pier.
Kath Smith, Chairman of Blackpool Pride Festival, said:
“Blackpool Pride Festival will promote inclusion, equality and diversity, enhance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to LGBT people across Blackpool and the surrounding areas.
“We also want to push the festival further into the public domain, generating tourism, increasing Blackpool ’s local economy as well as encouraging local businesses to work with us to see how we can complement and support each other.
“Pride events primarily target an LGBT audience but we also want to engage with their families and people of all ages, giving us a wide spread appeal. Our aim is to target this audience locally, regionally and nationally, ideally attracting people from major cities as well as neighbouring towns, encouraging them to stay over in Blackpool.”
“We want Blackpool Pride 2013 to be the biggest and best Pride festival Blackpool has seen and therefore we would like to see as many people as possible involved. Our success relies on the wider community engaging with us so we can all work together to deliver a fantastic and enjoyable Pride Festival 2013.”
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