Stockport Pride invites you to join the parade
It's the annual festival organised by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community, celebrating equality and inclusion in the borough.
People are being asked to join the parade, which sets off from Red Rock at noon and will travel through Merseyway with a thirty metre rainbow flag up to the Stockport's historic marketplace. Once in the marketplace, members of the public can check out more than seventy stalls, with charities, community groups, traders, and food and drink.
Throughout the day there will also be entertainment on The Martyn Hett Stage, which is named in memory of the 29-year-old Stopfordian who died in the Manchester Arena bombing. The stage is sponsored by Pets At Home, whose stores offer pets supplies, toys, grooming and vet care.
The entertainment lined up for the day includes American singer Carrington MacDuffie, Australian singer TIN, fourteen-year-old Little Big Shot performer Amelia Rose, the Hulabaloo choir and doing some Scottish Country Dancing will be the Gay Gordons. The day will be hosted by drag duo The Vegan Queens. The performers have all been booked by Taylor Giacoma, from Semitone Studios in Marple.
And there are activities on the day for families with young children too, as Proud 2b Parents will be hosting a family space in Staircase House, with fun play equipment and no mess arts and crafts to keep everyone busy.
Stephen Bowyer, Chair of Stockport Pride's organising committee, said that "with the big plans we have for this year's event, we hope to demonstrate that the town can be a friendly and welcoming place for everyone."
The day is being held with thanks to a large number of local organisations, and in particular support from Pets at Home, Stockport Homes, the Ted Darling Crime Novels, Manchester Fertility, Adoption Counts, Wickes, Hirst Dynamics, Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group, Totally Stockport, Manchester Pride and the Stockport Council Ward Flexibility Fund.
Stockport Pride will be free and open for all to attend in Stockport Marketplace from 11am until 6pm on Sunday 28th July, with plenty going on for the whole family.