Organisers gearing up for biggest Reading Pride ever on Saturday
Published: 27 Aug 2013 13:303 comments
READING Pride organisers are hoping for a record turnout from across the county to celebrate the festival's 10th anniversary on Saturday.
The parade leaves Reading's Civic Centre at 11.30am for King's Meadow Park where the festival starts at noon to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and asexual (LGBTA) communities.
The theme of the event is Pride Through The Decades and gracing the main stage will be a mixture of old and young performers ranging from Hazell Dean, Sonique and Rozalla to Kelly Wilde, Daniel Fox and breakthrough act Anttix.
Throughout the day there will be a range of activities for people of all ages including a soft play area, ball pit and bouncy castle for children, while homemade arts and crafts will be on offer in the market place as well as the LGBTA charity Support U running stalls offering advice and support.
Reading Pride chief executive Peter Vaughan said: "Members of the LGBT community frequently tell us that they look forward to the festival every year as a rare opportunity for them to be themselves in a truly inclusive environment, which shows that Pride events still have a very important role to play.
"The parade is a key part of the day, starting the celebrations, but more importantly it brings our message of equality and showcases the LGBT community and supporters to the public right in the centre of Reading."