Everything you need to know about Norwich Pride 2017

Norwich will be celebrating Pride this weekend. Photo: Matthew Dartford/citizenside.com

Norwich will be celebrating Pride this weekend. Photo: Matthew Dartford/citizenside.com - Credit: citizenside.com

Norwich Pride is only days away, as final preparations for the celebration get underway, we take a look at the things you need to know ahead of the big event.

The 2016 Norwich Pride Parade passes through Norwich city centre. Photo : Steve Adams

The 2016 Norwich Pride Parade passes through Norwich city centre. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Taking place on Saturday, July 29 Norwich Pride 2017 is set to kick off from 10am with stalls and entertainment outside The Forum.

The main event, the Pride Parade, will begin at 1pm outside City Hall and head down St Peters Street, along London Street, Gentleman's Walk and up Theatre Street to finish at Chapelfield Gardens at 2pm.

From 2pm onwards a stage show and stalls will be running in the gardens with performances from a variety of acts including a Madonna tribute, Jack Rose, a Lady GaGa tribute and Norwich's very own Helen McDermott.

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Following this at 3pm a question time will be taking place in the community tent in Chapelfield Gardens, putting the politics into pride, where LGBT activist Helen McGuinness will be joined by Asifa Lahore, Alex Causton-Ronaldson, Lady Phyll, Ruth Hunt and Katy-Jon Went.


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Other related events taking place across the weekend include a rainbow unicorn afternoon tea at The Assembly House, Pride Without Prejudice art exhibition at St Margarets, a Powerhoop for Pride fitness session and various Pride parties at clubs and bars in the city.

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

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Here's a look at the full timetable for Saturday:

• The fun starts, The Forum, 10am

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley

The annual Norwich Pride parade through the city centre. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

A range of stalls will be open outside The Forum, with trade unions, charities and other organisations supporting Pride spreading information and rainbow goodies on sale.

• Powerhoop, The Forum, 10.30am

Mr dod will be putting on a Powerhoop display outside The Forum, with all welcome to join. Bring your own hoop.

• Julian Support Ball Pool, The Forum, 10.30am

Enjoy a comfy seat and a chat.

• Balloon Bonanza, The Forum, 10.30am

Guess the number of balloons inside the Hart car and win a prize.

• Rainbow Look, The Forum, 10.30am

A talented group of face painters will be on hand to help you get that rainbow look everyone will be after.

• Poetry and Performance, The Forum, midday

A range of events will be taking place, all family friendly, including OUT140 coming out stories, speeches and stories by Ruth Hunt of Stonewall and information on LGBT+ history month by Tony Fenwick.

• Pride Parade, City Hall, 1pm

Join your fellow Pride-goers and parade through the city showing off your true colours, with dancing, music and a whole host of fun.

• Main Stage Entertainment, Chapelfield Gardens, 2pm

A whole host of entertainment is lined up on the main stage, including performances and speeches from Eileen Mascoll, Neil Francis, Mimmi and Anniemal, a Madonna tribute, Asifa Lahore, Ziey kizzy, Jack Rose, Helen McDermott, Elle Easton, Marea Smithson, Passion Productions and a Lady GaGa tribute.

• Rubber Ring, The Community Tent, Chapelfield Gardens, 2pm

James McDermott will be performing his debut piece about growing up gay in rural Norfolk, uncovering his sexuality and wondering if he actually fancies anyone at all.

• LGBT+ Question Time, The Community Tent, Chapelfield Gardens, 3pm

LGBT activist Helen McGuinness will chair this event, joined by Asifa Lahore, the UK's first Muslim Drag Queen, Alex Causton-Ronaldson, a THT Campaigner, Lady Phyll, UK Black Pride & Diva Columnist, Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall and Trans activist and Writer, Katy-Jon Went.

• Vince Laws' Theatre, The Community Tent, Chapelfield Gardens, 4pm

Vince Laws' experimental participatory theatre will celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

• Pride Without Prejudice, St Margarets Church, 10am-5pm

This unique exhibition celebrates the creativity of our diverse city, with a collection of artists expressing themselves, guaranteeing an eclectic and colourful spectacle. Entry is free.

• Pride Party 2017, The Loft, 10pm onwards

The Loft will be hosting a Pride party to celebrate the occasion, with DJ Sam Kelly playing all the latest hits in the main club and DJ Phil Bond playing the best of the 80s/90s/00s in the lounge bar.

• Fairy Tale Pride with special guest Duncan James, Flaunt, 9pm onwards

Blue and Hollyoaks star Duncan James will be doing live PA at Flaunt's fairy tale themed Pride event, which will see the night club transformed into a Neverland with fairies, unicorns, mermaids and more.

• Pride Party 2017, The Castle, 2pm onwards

The Castle, Norwich's longest running LGBT venue will be hosting a Pride Party, kicking off with a BBQ from 5pm in the beer garden and continuing with entertainment throughout the evening from Drag Queens Bella Berserk and Jade Justine.

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