Everyone is invited to join the Norwich Pride celebrations this Saturday

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norwich Pride will be turning the city into a rainbow of colour this Saturday and everyone is invited to take part in the festivities.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

It is the eighth year of Norwich Pride which celebrates the city and county's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

There will be events throughout the day and the big highlight is the Norwich Pride parade which will start at St Peters Street and weave its way through the city centre before it arrives at Chapelfield Gardens for a party in the park.

'We are expecting more than 5,000 people to join the parade,' said Norwich Pride chairman Andy Futter.

'Absolutely everybody is welcome to join in the parade and every part of the day.

'The theme is solidarity. It is about standing together.'

The whole day starts at 10am at The Forum, in Millennium Plain, where there will be an array of stalls and the Norwich Pride shop. At 10.30am there will be an opening ceremony in which Mr Futter will say a few words and there will be a performance from the Sing with Pride choir.

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People wanting to take part in the parade are being asked to arrive at St Peters Street from 12pm. The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Marion Maxwell, will make a speech at 12.45pm before the parade sets off at 1pm.

The parade is due to arrive in Chapelfield Gardens at about 2pm, ready for The Pride Show! featuring acts including Keith George, Ms Special K, Knightshift, Passion Productions and The Ladybirds.

Mr Futter said: 'It is going to be a big party which is brilliant, bright and fun.'

He added there would be a break in the main stage show at 3pm when the Pride Question Time debate will take place in the Big Top in Chapelfield Gardens.

'It's really important to remember that Pride was born as a political movement, and at a time when LGBT+ people around the world face violence and even death, to avoid political discussion would do great disservice to those still suffering. By all means let's celebrate, but let's not forget our brothers and sisters who do not have such a luxury,' said Mr Futter.

'The show will kick off again at 4pm, with more dancing, singing and comedy, with the park remaining open for Pride until 6pm.'

For more about Norwich Pride, visit www.norwichpride.org.uk

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