Things to do in Leeds: Leeds Pride Festival ‘what’s on’ guide

pride-828056_1280On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August 2016, Leeds will come alive in a colourful and lively celebration of the LGBT community with the much-loved Leeds Pride festival. This year’s Leeds Pride promises to be even more exciting than ever, as it’s celebrating its ten-year anniversary since the event began.

Weetwood Hall takes a look at what’s on at Leeds Pride 2016.

The Sainsbury’s Parade Stage

Sponsored by Sainsbury’s, the Leeds Parade will start at the Parade Stage in Millennium Square. Key speakers will kick the event off at 12 noon on the Parade Stage. A series of iconic entertainers and acts will set the Parade Stage alight during the two days, including Soft Cell’s front man Marc Almond. The legendary 80s band formed at Leeds Becket University, formerly Leeds Polytechnic. Marc Almond will headline the Parade Stage on 7th August.

Other artists performing at the Millennium Square at this year’s Leeds Pride, include Craig Roa, Brooke Spears, Davey Stuart as JBX (Justin Bieber Experience), the Viaduct Show Team and Tom Rickels – Sainsbury Act.

The Main Stage

Sponsored by the Trinity Shopping Centre Leeds, the Main Stage in Lower Briggate, in the heart of Leeds LGBT community, has an equally incredible line-up confirmed. The entertainment on the Main Stage will begin at 3pm when the colourful parade arrives there.

The fabulous Alexander Burke is headlining the Main Stage. The 2008 X Factor winner needs little introduction, as, having sold more than four million records in the UK alone, has become a well-deserved household name.

Leeds Pride is delighted Alexandra Burke is headlining the Main stage on Sunday 7th August.

Also playing at Lower Briggate for the tenth Leeds Pride festival will be the cheeky musical duo Joe & Jake, the charming former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, the incredible Rozalla, Bears Aloud, and more.

The Parade!

One of the focal features of this pulsating LGBT event is of course the Parade, which makes its way through the streets of Leeds. The Parade departs the Millennium Square at 2pm and slowly makes its way through the city, finally finishing at Lower Briggate.

A myriad of companies and organisations are taking part in this year’s Parade, including Telefonica (O2), Barnardo’s, NHS Employers, Leeds LGBT Jews and Allies, ITV, the Labour Party, Leeds City College, amongst many more.

The Marketplace

A whole host of stalls will be set up in Leeds squares and line the streets, in which visitors will be able to buy refreshments and other goods, as well as finding out information and advice about the festival.

Events

A series of fun, unique, entertaining and educational events will be held throughout the weekend. On Friday 5th August a LGBT Story Writing Workshop will be taking place, which is free to attend.

Whose Gender Is It Anyway is being put on by The Cognito People, a small group of highly creative youngsters, who use theatre, art and performance to engage communities. Whose Gender Is It Anyway gives people the chance to join in drama activities and explore some pressing issues. This creative and fun event is being held on Friday 5th August at the Dance Studio, Mabgate Mills and is free to attend.

Other great events taking place during the weekend include the Leeds Pride Park Run, the LGBT Inclusive Sport Taster Session, Set it Off – film screening, the Wonder of Women, the BME Dance Area, the ASDA Family Picnic and Fun Day, amongst many other incredible activities and events.

On Monday 8th August a Post Pride Bi Brunch will take place at 9.30am at All Hallows Church, which is also free to attend.

You can find out more about Leeds Pride 2016 and the remarkable events, acts and activities scheduled to take place in this unmissable celebration, on the Leeds Pride website.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay when you visit the Leeds Pride Festival this August, why not stay at Weetwood Hall. Our stylish and comfortable hotel has a range of rooms available and is situated within tranquil woodland in Headingley, a stone’s throw from Leeds City Centre, meaning you can enjoy all the fun at Leeds Pride but still enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep!

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