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Review: Birmingham Pride 2019

Carrie Humphries


May Bank Holiday saw Birmingham Pride hosting its biggest ever event in their twenty-two year history, with approximately 5000 people taking part and over 100,000 spectators watching the colourful and sparkly carnival parade filtering through the streets of Birmingham from Victoria Square to Hurst Street on the Saturday.

Leading the 2019 parade was Andrew Moffat, the deputy headteacher of Parkfield Community School; who walked arm in arm with Saima Razzaq from SEEDS (Supporting Education and Diversity in Schools) and Khakan Qureshi; the founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT. Mr Moffat recently made waves nationally with his No Outsiders programme; teaching equality to school children. However; this has also been subject to some controversy, as parents have launched protests outside the schools that No Outsiders is being taught in; so it seemed particularly apt that Pride 2019’s theme was Love Out Loud and lent some support to this inclusive programme.

Following this; revellers flocked to Birmingham Gay Village and the surrounding areas to soak up the sunshine and enjoy some of the finest entertainment on offer for the weekend, including a funfair, a plethora of cabaret acts, community events and live music. The Virgin Trains Main Stage proved a particular hit throughout, as it’s wide variety of music drew in fans of all sorts of ages and backgrounds. Highlights from the Saturday came from Kate Nash, Sigala and Years & Years, while Sunday was a time for reminiscing; as 5ive, Marc Almond and The Human League all made appearances. Drawing the weekend’s proceedings to a close on the Sunday, fans enjoyed a DJ set from one of the biggest dance acts in the UK, Faithless, and continued partying well into the early hours.