The Pride Blackpool festival returns this weekend for the first time in three years. The one-day event on Saturday, June 11 will celebrate all things LGBTQ+ as a resort with live music and a parade.
The festival was forced to hold virtual celebrations for the previous two years due to the pandemic, but is now back on Promenade. Blackpool has the highest LGBTQ+ population in Lancashire and its queer clubbing and party scene continues to thrive. Venues and bars such as cabaret favorites Flying Handbag and Funny Girls, cabaret showbar Viva, Flamingo’s nightclub, long-running Ma Kelly’s and new Kaos are set to host Pride celebrations over the weekend .
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During the event there will also be a free exhibition of photographs by photojournalist Stuart Linden Rhodes, who captured nostalgic snaps between 1991 and 1995 as he traveled across the north of England documenting parties, protests and pride parades.
We’ve put together a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know if you’re heading to the festival this weekend.
Where and when is Pride Blackpool?
The festival takes place at Princess Parade and Queen Street on Saturday 11th June. The Main Pride Arena for live music will be located next to the Metropole Hotel on the Promenade.
The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. outside the sandcastle/south pier and end at the north pier. The theme for 2022 is “Love is Love”.
Crowds are welcome on the course and they can expect lots of color, music and dancing.
Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry will headline, along with blue singer Lee Ryan, Freemason-Russell Small, Alison Limerickgirlband Stooshe, Ben Ofoedu of Phats & Small, 90s popstar Lolly and Kelly Wilde.
A plethora of local artists will also perform including Anthony Colleesso as Prince, Billy Walker, Channy, Double Decades, Fran Collins, Icons, KY Kelly, Lee Anthony, Liam Halewood as Boy George, LMX – Little Mix Tribute , Ruby Sinclair, Vicky White, Zoie Leigh.
The live program will be hosted by Victoria Roberts, DJ Zoe, Bonnie La Blue, Cybil DuVaux, Miss Amber, Elsie Duchess, Liam Halewood, DJ Jen and Phylis & Delia.
Tickets are 90% sold out for the main arena, the rest on sale here. Adult ticket prices start at £8.25, with VIP packages available for £55 and under 18s at £5.50.
The event is expected to end at 11 p.m.
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What’s the weather like?
The weather is expected to be dry and sunny, with partial cloud, with temperatures reaching up to 17 degrees Celsius on Saturday, according to the Met Office.
How to get there
Form – the nearest station is Blackpool North, which is a seven-minute walk from the main festival centre. Get the latest train schedule updates and Blackpool North ticket information here
Auto – The car parks should be occupied on weekends. Official council parking is available a short walk away at Central Car Park on Central Drive. Customers can use the PayByPhone app system, which is available at official station car parks and also on the streets. Multi-storey parking is also available in the Houndshill Shopping Centre. More information.
Bus – National Express buses serve Blackpool from several Lancashire locations including Preston, Blackburn and Burnley, as well as London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.
Tram – The nearest stations are North Pier or Talbot Square on the Blackpool tram line. Trams run every 20 minutes until around 1am on the day of the festival. To plan your tram journey, Click here