Newcastle Pride, set to take place this weekend at Newcastle’s Leazes Park, has now moved to a new venue, Exhibition Park, also close to the centre of the city. The change has been put down to bad weather conditions, and the increased security leading up to the Olympic Games.
The festivities will begin with a parade at midday, starting at Newcastle City Hall and arriving at Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, by 1pm.
Pride Chairman, Peter Darrant issued a statement saying; ‘Circumstances have meant that we have had to change location but the party will go on as promised. It’s going to be an amazing event and we hope people from across the region will come and celebrate with the LGBT community’.
Performers at the event on Saturday 21 July, include eighties popstar Sonia, and X Factor legends The Cheeky Girls and Diva Fever. Alongside this, local performers such as Sam Dickinson will also have the opportunity to entertain, whilst the expected crowd of over 20,000 partygoers can enjoy over forty stalls selling everything from cakes to crafts, as well as representations from several charities and local organisations.
The theme of the exciting event is ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, and will be the crown of an entire week’s free festivities in the North East, which has also attracted corporate sponsors such as Sandman Signature Hotel, and Boldon-based energy efficiency company, GoWarm. The festival comes hot on the heels of the controversial London Pride and is hoping to steer clear of similar turbulence.
For more information about the Newcastle Pride Festival 2012, and a free download of the events programme, visit www.northern-pride.com.
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