Thousands set to fly the flag at Leeds’s gay pride

Viaduct bar manager James McCloy and barman Michael Rothwell prepare for Leeds Pride on Sunday.
Viaduct bar manager James McCloy and barman Michael Rothwell prepare for Leeds Pride on Sunday.
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Tha rainbow flags are flying high as Leeds gears up for its annual gay pride celebrations.

Thousands of carnival-goers are expected to bring a touch of colour, glitz and glamour to Millennium Square tomorrow afternoon.

Pussycat Dolls superstar Kimberley Wyatt and girl band Stooshe are just some of the headliners who are set to entertain crowds at Leeds Pride.

Katrina from Katrina and the Waves and original Weather Girl Martha Wash are also hoping for a warm welcome to the city’s Pride event which celebrates its eighth birthday.

A colourful parade will weave its way from Millennium Square to Lower Briggate from 2pm where the party will continue into the evening.

Tom Doyle, chair of Leeds Pride, said he is expecting around 30,000 to join in the event.

He said: “It is going to be a fantastic event and we are all very excited about it.

“We have got an amazing line-up and the reaction over the years has been absolutely extraordinary.

“Leeds has a reputation across the country as being the friendly pride and the city really welcomes it with open arms.

“We have massive smiles and lots of support from shoppers as the parade goes by and that is just amazing.”

He also said that the city’s gay pride event has come a long way since it first started eight years ago with 200 people on the Civic Hall’s steps.

Tom added: “Every year it just seems to get bigger and bigger.

“Our aim is to make sure that it is a great fun day that shares the diversity of our city.

“Lots of people turn out and show their support for the event and this year is going to be amazing.”

Local artists The Viaduct Showgirls, Miss Rose Kelly, The Champagne Showgirls and Bears Aloud are also set to perform at the event which starts at noon.

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