Your guide to Lincoln Pride 2018

Get ready for rainbow flags galore and parades through the city as people fill the streets for Lincoln Pride Festival this weekend.

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

However, people can pay for the best seats in the house by purchasing VIP tickets here, which are priced at £40.

90s boy band 5ive will be joined by The Cheeky Girls and Lolly on the stage as Lincoln waves the rainbow flag.

Also on the lineup is Shena, Lopez Live, Danny Beard and a Demi Lovato Tribute.

Photo: Steve Smailes / The Lincolnite

The parade

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.

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.

Photo: Steve Smailes / The Lincolnite

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.

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.

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.”

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