Today will see the city centre decked out in all the colours of the rainbow as the Pride In Hull parade gets underway. Supporters, friends and families of Hull’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities will be turning up and taking part under one unified voice that shouts a clear message. ‘Be who you are and be proud of it!’
The family friendly parade, which starts in Queen Victoria Square at 1pm will weave it’s way through the city center before arriving on Baker street where a packed event will feature live music, food, stalls and is sure to have a few surprises thrown in along the way. The line up is eccentric, brilliantly cheesy but undeniably entertaining and features the likes of Sonique, La Voix and Lucy Spraggan of X-Factor fame, to name a few. As part of the eclectic mix of entertainment Hull’s own Luke Campbell will be making an appearance, as will Hull rapper 90’s Boy and the glamorous Paradise Showgirls.
For those visiting Baker street there will be plenty to do and see amongst the balloons and bunting. There will be live art created by two of Hull’s own artists, face painting, Pride In Hull merchandise, a vintage open top bus, great food from local merchants including Hull Pie and one or two drinks on offer. There will also be a number of familiar faces from TV talent shows. An after party at Fuel promises to keep the celebrations going until the early hours of tomorrow morning for all of those who can keep up.
If you’re looking for something a little less hectic, away from Baker street the festivities continue with live music at the BRICworks dry bar on Story Street.
Keep an eye out too for artwork produced as part of the #FreeArtHull project. A number of artists from across the city will be showing their support by lining the streets with art produced specially for the event. As usual with #FreeArtHull, the pieces will then be available to take away, for free.
Pride In Hull is a parade and event that everyone can enjoy. It’s sure to be loud, exciting and dare I say, more than a little flamboyant. It’s also a great opportunity for the people of Hull to ‘Raise their Rainbows’ and show support to a thriving community that makes up an important part of our city.
Pride In Hull organises and hosts several events throughout the year to support the LGBT community. You can find out more and get involved at prideinhull.co.uk