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7 things to expect from Chester Pride 2016

This year's celebration of the city's LGBT community is just around the corner

Chester Pride will return for the fourth year on October 1, bigger and better than ever.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the fantastic and feel-good celebration of the city's LGBT community, with live music, events and a whole lot of festival fun.

Here's a glimpse of what the day has in store for Pride-goers.

One of the best line-ups yet

So says chair of Chester Pride Helen Pickin-Jones of the bill for the 2016 instalment of Chester Pride, which boasts everything from R&B to a healthy dose of 80s and 90s nostalgia.

Dance Duo Booty Luv, Saffron – lead singer of 90s Brit Pop band Republica and Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Danny Beard will entertain on the main stage before girl group Stooshe storm the headline slot.

Marching with pride

As per tradition, a special parade will kick things off from noon.

Crowds of people will weave their way through the city centre, proudly waving banners and flags in support of the LGBT community.

There's just one rule... The more colourful and creative, the better.

A touch of Eurovision glamour

This one is courtesy of Nicki French, who represented the UK at the song contest in 2000.

Don't Play That Song Again earned her 16th place, but you might know her best because of her 1995 dance cover of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

She'll be performing on the main stage.

Plenty of sparkle

If cabaret is more up your street, then The Glitter Lounge is the place for you.

Lux De Louix, Alfie Ordinary and Lady Lowlife are all lined up to perform, and taking on the hosting duties will be Madame Ex and Violet Wray.

A riot of colour

David Sejrup

The city's streets will be awash with every hue of the rainbow as people dress to impress, transforming the centre into an explosive kaleidoscope of colour.

Best pack your sunglasses!

Support and advice

A raft of volunteers from charities and support groups will be on hand in the Health, Wellbeing and Life Zone to dish out information on a range of topics, including hate crime, sexual health, civil partnerships and marriage, and women's aid.

Good vibes

Arguably the best thing about Pride is the inclusive and positive atmosphere – that's what it's all about after all.

Chester Pride is a fabulous party to celebrate and embrace the city's diversity.



David Holmes
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