Northern Pride Festival is returning for another weekend of LGBT+ celebrations in the heart of Newcastle.
The three day festival from the 19th - 21st July is split between the historic Town Moor and Exhibition Park.
To commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal turing point in the road to LGBT + equality, this year's Northern Pride will feature a spectacular march through the centre of Newcastle.
People from all communities are being invited to join together to parade through the city centre. The march will start at 12 noon on Saturday 20th July, from Newcastle Civic Centre.
After the march, The Town Moor becomes the Pride Festival Arena, home to the Main Stage, food and drink and the fairground.
This year, Exhibition Park joins the festival to become the Community Village, home to the Family & Youth Zone, Health & Wellbeing Zone and some Rainbow Village stalls.
Northern Pride say this year's festival is their most ambitious yet and have confirmed a 'powerhouse of fierce ladies' as headliners including X Factor and I’m a Celeb starlet Fleur East, Liberty X and Saara Aalto - all the way from Finland.
Joining the girls is a full line up of performers from drag to variety, some memorable faces from yesteryear and tomorrow’s up and coming stars.
There'll also be DJ sets to party the night away and celebrate all things LGBT+.
Northern Pride, the organisation behind the event say their mission is clear: 'To Promote, Provide and Protect.'
To proudly promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender culture through public celebration of our heritage and engaging in education and cultural activities that enrich the community, whilst raising awareness of the issues LGBT people face, building mutual respect and working to end discrimination.”
Northern Pride's three key principles:
Protect LGBT rights whilst supporting the fight to end equality indifferences at home and abroad.
Promote a healthy body and mind through support and education for the community and straight allies.
Provide a series of LGBT events including our annual festival to bring communities closer together.