It’s that time of year when the LGBT community and their straight allies descend on Newcastle’s Town Moor for a weekend of fun, celebration and, perhaps this year more than most, reflection. We’re here to give you the DL on how to take part in the parade what’s happening on the Main Stage when. Last year, 10,000 people marched in the parade and thousands more partied in the park to the sounds of Belinda Carlisle and B*Witched. And this year could be the best one yet.
The parade will start at Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH then head down Northumberland Street, up Percy Street and in to Exhibition Park and the Town Moor.
It will start at 12pm so make sure you’re at Newcastle Civic Centre by 11.30.
The theme for this years parade is Be Yourself, Change the world #BE PROUD. Participants are encouraged to wear fancy dress, bright colours and make lots of racket!
Once the parade is done and dusted, the day’s line-up will begin. Headlined by noughties boyband 5ive on Saturday and M People front woman Heather Small on Sunday, there will be a host of other acts to keep you entertained all weekend.
Here is the Main Stage programme for Saturday:
From 12.00 – 14.00
Northern Proud Voices
From 14.00 – 16.00
Winner of Drag Idol, Octavia Die
From 16.00 – 18.00
Shane Richie Jr Band
From 18.00 – 20.30
And Sunday is as follows:
From 13.15 – 16.00
From 16.00 – 18.00
Christian MJC & J-Sol
From 18.00 – 20.00
Boulevard’s Danni Dee & The Broadway Dancers
There will also be a dance tent, sponsored by Powerhouse, and a cabaret tent, in association with Eazy Street, with plenty of DJs and drag talent if the Main Stage isn’t your scene. Market stalls, an assortment of bars and funfair rides complete what is looking to be a fantastic weekend.
This year, the bars have been removed from inside the tents and put outside – more room for dancing!
Please remember that Newcastle Pride is a free event (the biggest free pride in the UK, no less) and that it is vital to donate anything you can to keep it that way. So if you see one of their hard-working volunteers, put some money in the bucket, put on your (glow in the dark!) wristband and have a ball.
Have fun and stay safe. Happy Pride, Newcastle!