A HUGE gay pride event is set to hit Plymouth this weekend where thousands of people are expected to attend a walking parade, and festival on the Hoe.

A packed diary of events are planned with stalls, advice shops, and live music. The deputy Lord Mayor and city MP Oliver Colvile will officially open the event.

Alan Butler, from Pride in Plymouth, said: “We are taking Gay Pride to a new level in the city and bringing our showcase to the city’s front garden for all people to celebrate Plymouth’s growing diversity and community richness.”

“Plymouth has often been regarded as a difficult place to be LGBT – the city has a history of being a garrison town and some attitudes have been slow to change, with incidents of violence and hatred occurring.

“But Pride in Plymouth has connected the diverse group of people who make up the city’s LGBT communities and enabled them to take pride in their place in the city.

“This year’s summer pride event will provide a unique atmosphere and a fun-filled festival, which includes an afternoon of free musical entertainment provided by local acts and entertainers, as well as food stalls.

“Many services and voluntary groups will be there to provide important information as well as setting a great example of community spirit by coming together to celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.”

Anyone looking for more information can visit the Pride in Plymouth website:

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