IN OUR CITY
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Eileen Taylor together with staff from across Leeds City Council gathered in front of Leeds Civic Hall today in preparation for their part in this weekend’s Leeds Pride.
The council has been invited to lead the Leeds Pride parade at this year’s Pride event in recognition of the work it has done to support LGBT+ equality in the city and its help in organising Leeds Pride each year. Over 100 council employees will take part in the parade through the city centre, walking alongside our two open top buses and two access buses which the council provide to make the parade as accessible as possible for everyone.
Now in its 14th year, Leeds Pride takes place on Sunday 4 August and is the largest free Pride in the UK with over 55,000 people attending last year. The event is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to celebrate the city’s LGBT+ community and equality and diversity rights in a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere of fun and colour.
Events take place throughout the weekend; with the Pride Parkrun on Woodhouse Moor on Saturday 3 August from 8.30am, followed by a Community Marketplace in Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum from 11am to 3pm where people can find out about LGBT+ services, support and social groups in Leeds. The Civic Hall will be lit in the colours of the rainbow and will proudly display the Pride flag for all to see, the Bi and Trans flags will also be flying this year from the Town Hall.
The event will start at 12 noon with two hours of live music entertainment in the heart of the city on Millennium Square, this will be followed at 2pm by a spectacular rainbow coloured parade winding its way down to Lower Briggate for the street party from 3pm, with the celebrations continuing well into the evening.