The annual LGBT Birmingham Pride embraces diversity, attracting thousands of visitors each year from all backgrounds. Regardless of if you’re lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transsexual, heterosexual or transgender everyone is welcomed at the Birmingham Gay Village. Bars and clubs in the area are open all year, but for Pride the gay district comes alive. Featuring outdoor stages with live cabaret, a dance arena with DJ’s, market stalls, as well as fun at the fair, Birmingham Pride is set to be one big street party. The traditional pride parade will also parade through the city, celebrating 20 years of the festival.
Birmingham Airport is the nearest international airport, with a free air-link into Birmingham International Railway Station. Birmingham Gay Village is a recognised district of the city, next to the Chinese Quarter and only a short walk from the Bullring shopping centre. The Pride festival is easy to reach once in the heart of the city. Tickets for the event cost £25 per day, evening wristbands are available after 11pm for £15 or a weekend ticket for both days is £40. The festival site opens at 10am until late. The Carnival Parade takes place on the Saturday and is free to attend, starting at midday from Victoria Square.
You can book tickets in advance online, which will cut down on queuing time on the day. Take a look at the Birmingham Pride online brochure for an idea of what entertainment is available. Arrive early to make the most of your time and see everything. Saturday between 11am and 3pm tend to be the peak times for people heading to the festival so expect transport to be crowded. The Carnival Parade is a major part of the celebrations, so ensure you are part of the congregation. Children are also welcomed to the outdoor event, although pubs and clubs are likely to be over 18s only.
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With a popular gay district, there are plenty of clubs and bars to continue partying. Elsewhere in the evening watch a show at places such as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena or Birmingham Hippodrome. During the day take a look around the Bullring shopping centre. A visit to Cadbury World is a must for the chocoholics.
Find out more about Birmingham Pride by visiting the official website, including: guide to events and booking tickets, getting involved, market stalls, sponsorship packages, useful information, news, contact details, photo galleries and donating to Birmingham Pride.
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