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Thousands expected at Foyle Gay Pride 2014 celebrations

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson with a group of local people at the launch of the Foyle Gay Pride Festival 2014, which takes place from August 20th to 24th.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson with a group of local people at the launch of the Foyle Gay Pride Festival 2014, which takes place from August 20th to 24th.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in this year’s Foyle Gay Pride Festival, which will run from August 21st to 24th.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in this year’s Foyle Gay Pride Festival, which will run from August 21st to 24th.

Last year saw over 7,000 people attending the annual Pride Parade alone, and organisers are predicting that this year’s event could top that tally.

The parade will form the centre-piece of the festival and takes place on Saturday Agusut 23rd, leaving the Waterside Train Station at 2pm.

Prior to the parade and festival, Tuesday August 19th will see the Rainbow Project officially opening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre at Orlan House on Strand Road.

The hit play Pits and Perverts, charting the real-life story of the alliance forged between the striking miners and the LGBT community in the Thatcher era, will get a three night run from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd August at the Playhouse.

Other highlights include a youth art exhibtion at the new LGBT Centre, a chance to grill politicians at the Craft Village about issued affecting the gay community, and a discussion on ‘Coming Out Of Conflict’ at Void gallery.

Musically, the festival will see London rock outfit The Turning play Sandinos, while The Foyle Follies will play the Delacroix.

Mr and Mrs Vernon will be providing the soundscape for the Gay Disco at Sandino’s, with The Turning and Foyle Follies again in action at Guildhall Square straight after the Gay Pride Parade.

They will be joined at the post-march party by local talent Wood Burning Savages and the Wonder Villains, with a family fun day in nearby Cafe Soul.

The Gay Pride Finale will be Hairspray & The Rumble Club, which will be staged at The Glassworks on Great James Street on Sunday August 24th from 8pm.

The retro-themed event will include a screening of John Waters’ film Hairspray, with a team of real live hairdressers on standby to help before the Rumble Club DJs take over.

Speaking ahead of the event, Shá Gillespie, chairperson of the Foyle Pride committee, said: “Foyle Pride promotes understanding and respect for diversity, it provides a diverse programme of quality entertainment and creativity with mass appeal actively enhancing Derry’s reputation as an enjoyable welcoming and safe place.

“The Festival was a great success last year. It was fantastic to see so many people on the streets of Derry. Pride is a celebration of the LGBT community and an important cultural event for the city. This year we want to make Pride bigger and better and hope that all of the Derry community will come out and support us.”

Anyone wishing to get involved in Pride is urged to contact the organsiers through the website www.foylepridefestival.com.

 

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