Lincoln Pride returns in September

Rainbow flags galore will fill the streets of the city this autumn as Lincoln Pride Festival returns for another colourful fun day.

The event, which celebrates equality and diversity, will take place on Saturday, September 29 between 11.30am to 7pm.

It will start with a parade from the city bus station in St Mary’s Street (at 11.30am), which will feature floats, musicians, representatives from various different groups and members of the general public.

There will be over 60 stallholders, including those run by local and national charity and community groups selling a variety of goods and giving out information.

Police, Ambulance and Fire Service vehicles will also be on display.

Photo: Steve Smailes / The Lincolnite

There will also be family entertainment including musicians, games, the drag queen competition and activities, such as children’s face-painting.

Event organiser and owner of LGBT bar The Scene, Tom Mullins, said: “Last year, Lincoln Pride – which celebrates equality and diversity – attracted 5,000 people, including many from Nottinghamshire. They were all eager to be part of what is arguably the biggest event of its kind in Lincolnshire.”

“The parade will follow a route down Wigford Way, up the High Street and across Newland to finally arrive on the city’s Brayford Waterfront at noon.

“The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Keith Weaver, will then lead the parade to the stage near the old Barge on The Brayford, where he will officially open the event.”

Lincoln Pride 2016. Photo: Steve Smailes

Lincoln Pride has secured funding support for this event from Anglian Water, Stokes Coffee, Siemens and Lindum Fire Services.

Chief Executive at Lincoln BIG Matt Corrigan added: “Lincoln is getting a great reputation for its ability to host major events, which attract people from other parts of the UK and beyond. Another success story is the annual Asylum Steampunk Convention, which is taking place on August 24 to 27.

“This trend is an all-round winner. It’s a great fun day. Visitors have a chance to discover more about Lincoln while they are here and there’s an economic benefit to our shopkeepers, hotels and guesthouses.”