Leeds Pride 2017 set to expand across the city

CROWDS: Even more people are set to attend Leeds Pride in August after organisers expanded the event.
CROWDS: Even more people are set to attend Leeds Pride in August after organisers expanded the event.

Leeds pride will be back bigger than ever this summer.

The August 5 and 6 celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans life will take in an extended area of the city this year.

Leeds Pride 2016'  aug 6th 2016'Sophie Ball

Leeds Pride 2016' aug 6th 2016'Sophie Ball

The main event on the Sunday will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and five hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off an incredible weekend.

Leeds Pride director Liaqat Ali said, “The new route for Leeds Pride is fantastic news for the event. It’s guaranteed to make sure this year’s Leeds Pride is bigger than ever and as it’s a free event, we want to accommodate as many people as possible. The parade is going to be part of a fantastic weekend with live music and entertainment over two stages on Lower Briggate and Millennium Square on August 6, a huge range of events in the build up and lots more still to be announced. As the UK’s friendliest Pride, it’s going to be a wonderful weekend for people of all ages.”

The new route will still begin in Millennium Square before going past The Light, down The Headrow, past the new Victoria Gate, Leeds Kirkgate Market and towards Lower Briggate.

After the finish of the parade, the party continues as this year’s event will also accommodate a lot more visitors to the city as the official site includes areas over Leeds Bridge on the River Aire for the first time ever, past Bridge End and towards Asda’s head office.

Leeds Pride, which has been running since 2006, is now the largest Pride event in the UK to still be a completely free. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend over the weekend.

The celebrations, which are run by a skilled team of volunteers, are funded through community fundraising, grants and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as First Direct and Sainsbury’s.

To find out more about this year’s Leeds Pride, head to www.leedspride.com.

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