The LCR Pride Foundation announced earlier this month a new concept for Pride in Liverpool, with events planned to create a “City Full Of Pride.”
This year’s Pride will then take over much of the city centre. Organisers released additional information about the various areas that attendees can experience.
Based on feedback from 2022 attendees, the LCR Pride Foundation has prioritised elements of pride that the community has indicated they value the most, such as pop-up community performances, family-friendly spaces, and a diverse series of ‘fringe events’ throughout the city.
In addition to the specially curated zones for the 2023 event, there will be a whole host of pop-up performances by local community performers at Liverpool ONE, Royal Albert Dock, and St John Shopping Centre.
March with Pride: St George’s Hall
Continuing the city’s Eurovision legacy and solidarity with Ukraine, LCR Pride Foundation, Liverpool City Region’s LGBT+ charity is teaming up with KyivPride to march on their behalf.
Starting at St George’s Hall, attendees are asked to arrive from 10.30am before the march begins at 12pm. Whilst free to attend for all individuals, organisations and businesses that wish to take part are asked to make a suggested donation to help LCR Pride Foundation cover the costs of staging the event.
Registration and more information is available here.
Food and Drink Zone with Liverpool Live Radio: Pier Head
As this year’s march concludes at the Pier Head, the incredible Katumba drummers will greet attendees. In place of a main stage, the Pier Head will be transformed into a Food and Drink Zone with food & drink vendors and seating, making a more relaxed, chilled out atmosphere for all visitors. Open from 12 noon until 6pm – please note the space has a limited capacity and you may be asked to queue or return later.
Community Zone & Pride House: Mann Island
Pride House returns following a successful two weeks tenure during Eurovision. Located at RIBA North, Pride House is a community safe space with stalls, an exhibition from KyivPride, and cafe space managed by local favourite Lovelocks – open daily until the 4th August.
Attendees will also be able to find out more about local LGBT+ organisations and small businesses in the Mann Island atrium between 12 noon and 6pm.
Health and Wellbeing Zone: Museum of Liverpool
The Health and Wellbeing Zone situated outside the Museum of Liverpool is a place where you can find many of the health services and organisations serving the community as well as wellbeing activity such as Zumba, Yoga and other workshops throughout the day. Stalls and activity will be running from 12noon – 6pm.
Liverpool Loves You Garden Party: St Nicholas Church Gardens
Following a successful event in 2023, Liverpool Loves You is an event to celebrate LGBT+ lives and standing against LGBT+ hate in all corners of society. A laid back garden party space with family friendly activities will conclude with a vigil at 5:30pm, open to anyone who wishes to join.
This zone is suitable for all ages and features child-friendly activities such as LEGO and giant chess to help young people explore their imagination and creativity in a thoughtful and harmonious environment. It also acts as a safe space for LGBT+ people of faith and none to come together to mark Pride in Liverpool.
Fringe and Partner Events: across the City Centre
In addition to all of these events and happenings, there are a number of further pop-up performances, markets and parties across the city centre. Look out for these in Liverpool ONE, Royal Albert Dock, Metquarter and at St Johns Shopping Centre.
For those who are after more of a party atmosphere, the city’s Pride Quarter will be the place to go for performances to keep the celebrations going until the night. Including street parties hosted by The Masquerade (Cumberland Street), GBar (Eberle Street) and Elysium (Tempest Hey).
A number of fringe events organised by local businesses will take place across the city centre in the week running up to and during Pride in Liverpool. From drag brunches to film and theatre performances, and a Mersey Ferries evening cruise on the Mersey, Liverpool will truly be transformed into ‘a city full of pride’.
Further details on fringe events and activities can be found on the website here.