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Oldham Pride 2017

Oldham Pride 2017

Countdown to Oldham Pride 2017

With just days to go, Oldham Rainbow Association (ORA) are putting the finishing touches to what they have described as the “biggest and colourful” pride in the event's 13 year history.

The event, to be held on Saturday 29th July, will begin with a quarter peal bell ringing from Oldham Parish Church at 11.30am by a group of LGBT bell ringers from across the UK.  Then at 12.15pm a magnificent parade will make its way from The Tommyfield Pub through the town centre and on to Parliament Square where the opening ceremony will be held.

The parade, made up of local business, community groups, emergency services and will also feature a “human rainbow flag” made up over 100 people wearing t-shirts to promote our theme of NO PLACE FOR HATE.

Parliament Square will be transformed into an amazing family fun day site, featuring licensed bars, a youth zone, market and information village as well as a stage with top a varied programme of entertainment.

Top UK Drag Queen – KY Kelly will be hosting the event until 4.30pm and will be introducing entertainment ranging from a Gospel Choir, Ed Sheeran Tribute Act, Asian Elvis, lots of local singers as well as the infamous Scottish country dance group the Gay Gordons.

In the evening the focus moves to our “Party in the Square” hosted outside Spindles and The George Tavern.  This will feature an array of entertainment on stage including the UK's top Kylie and Pink Tribute acts, Lionel Vinyl (top 70's act who appeared at Wayne Rooney's wedding), local singers and DJ.

As well as celebrating 50 years since the de-criminalisation of homosexuality, 2017 event will also focus on delivering  key messages throughout the day on hate crime, how to report this and the availability of support such as third party reporting centres.

George Campbell, Chairman of ORA commented on this years event saying “We are really excited about Oldham Pride 2017 and the varied programme we have put together.  We hope we have something for the whole community and would encourage as many people as possible to come out and support the event.  Its not about being gay, its about showing your support to equality.

With mixed weather forecast, please don't worry – we have plans in place to ensure everyone stays dry and has a great day!”

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Published: 26-Jul-2017

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