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Lancaster Pride! Parade, Carnival Night & More!

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Lancaster Pride


It's Lancaster Pride this Saturday! With a Pride Parade and Street Fair in the afternoon from noon, and a Pride Carnival in the evening! And more (read on). This year it's in aid of Out in the Bay, a local charity providing support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the Lancaster area.

The event (Find it on facebook) is a celebration of diversity in sexual and gender orientation - and an expression of love daring not just to speak its name but to fulsomely celebrate it with the wholehearted support of the local community. The Parade will assemble from 11.30am in Dalton Square, to set off in procession at 12 noon around and through Lancaster City Centre, and it will be loud, proud and exuberant! 

There will be a number of information and charity stalls in Dalton Square and there will also be entertainment from 12pm - 6pm and refreshments available, including Lancaster's People's Cafe, serving intercepted food on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

The Cornerstone Cafe just off the NE corner of Dalton Square will be serving food all day and will have a Graffiti Wall - celebrating LGBTQ+ contributions to the Christian community, or commenting on the churches' homophobia. Or whatever your Bansesque muse inspires you with.

From 12noon - 4pm  at |Cornerstone there will also be Footwashing - church members will wash your feet as a symbol of welcome. There will also be - Space For Reflexion - the quiet room is open 9am-4pm for reflection. Individual members of our community are joining the Parade at 12pm under an inclusive church banner. Look out for it if you would like to join in. 

There will be pink triangles available for people to wear in support of the gay men being persecuted in Chechnya, as well as to support all people being oppressed around the world.

D2Bar on Church Street will also be holding an Opening Party with Candy Cain from 2pm - 6pm.

Starting at 4pm at the White Cross canalside pub off Quarry Road (Quarry rd, LA1 4XT) there will be a Pride Pool Knockout Tournament!  Free entry!   Get ready to play some rainbow pool!

PartyU PhotoCab will be in the parade during the day and will also be setup as a photo booth outside of d2bar for the evening.

From 6pm there will be a Lancaster Pride Street Fair and Carnival in Church Street. Bring it! Church Street will be closed to traffic and 'a wide array of acts' will be performing all along the street. Oh yes! Businesses all along Church Street, including Mint Bar, The Study Room, Bella Italia, Buccelli's, the Crafty Scholar, Mollys, D2Bar, The Stonewell, Paulo Giannis and Sphere Bar, have joined together to support Lancaster Pride and will all be opening their arms (in the first instance) to the Carnivallieri so, in the words of the organisers, 'a good time is practically guaranteed.' (Bless:)

At the Study Room there will be live music from 6pm from local lad Ollie Winder, followed by resident DJ Dan Milner from 9pm! Come & join in the celebrations!

From 6pm - 10pm the D2Bar party on Church Street will feature Dubs Earley and live tribute band 'Abba Girls Forever', who, I understand, are almost impossible to distinguish from the originals (If you've been partying since 2pm, that is...).

From 6.30pm there will be 'The Room' at Ludus Dance on King St. "Drawing from personal accounts of coming out (or not) and dealing with it (or not), this solo performance work combines dance, theatre and performance enhancing technologies to an original score." FYI it's free but you should probably register here to attend.

From 6pm the Dukes on Moor Lane will be screening 'Tangerine' (15) 'a real-time drama, shot in downtown LA and featuring two transgender working girls in a vengeful mood.' It's £6.50 Full Price (£5.50 Concessions £4.50 Under 18’s) and you can book here

Lancaster Pride will also be at the Gregson Centre on Moor Lane. Doors open at 7:30 pm with a Cabaret 8:00 pm, hosted by Sheelagh Houlihan (Beyond Radio) including singers, poets and lots more!  Disco 10:00 - 12:00 pm, with brilliant DJ Nia spinning the tunes!  Everybody is welcome!  Free entry!

From 10am - 2pm Mercedes Bendz invites you to an evening party and Cabaret at D2Bar, followed by DJ Si's party until 4am. 

Should you wish to get started early, there will also be a pre-Pride party on Friday night hosted by Divine Intervention at the Apothecary Bar & Lounge (home from home of the New Albert alumni) on the corner of Penny St and Marton St, featuring an Amateur Drag Night from 9.30pm til 1.30pm. 

And if you have some energy left, on Sunday 21 May you can meet author and LGBT campaigner Nicola Field at Waterstones (the one in the Marketgate Centre) at 2pm. As well as reading from her book Over The Rainbow, Nicola will be showing a short film to accompany the book. Free event. More info here

There will be more and I'll update this page as and when I find out about it. You can also check out