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Birmingham Pride 2016 ‘the most successful ever’

Birmingham Pride 2016 ‘the most successful ever’

posted 30 May 2016

Over 75,000 spectators turned out to support the parade through the city centre and tens of thousands of party revellers enjoyed the festival in the city’s gay village throughout the two days.

The event this year featured its biggest ever line-up, including headliners Erasure’s Andy Bell, Lisa Stansfield, Katy B, Lawson, Fleur East, DJ Fresh and MNEK, together with over 100 performers and DJs.

Lawrence Barton, Birmingham Pride Festival Director, commented: “This year’s festival has been undoubtedly our most successful in its 20-year history. We were amazed by the tens of thousands of spectators who turned out to support our ‘Generation of Pride’ themed parade, in addition to all the visitors to the two-day Pride festival that followed. 

“We are indebted to both West Midlands Police and the security teams deployed, who collectively ensured it was such a safe and happy Pride for everyone to enjoy.

“Everyone who got involved worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s festival went without a hitch. We’re all immensely proud of everyone who took part.”

West Midlands Police have confirmed that, despite large crowds partying into the early hours on both nights, there were only a small number of drug and alcohol related incidents.

West Midlands Police Inspector Gareth Morris, from Birmingham city centre, commented: “It’s fantastic to have been able to police and take part in an event that is so positive for the LGBT community and for the city of Birmingham.

“Our aim was to ensure a peaceful, enjoyable event for everyone at the festival and we believe that this was achieved.

“With the volume of people attending over the weekend with tens of thousands of people watching the parade this was a very successful, trouble free event with a relatively low level of arrests; which were led by our proactive plain clothed officers."

Birmingham Pride is next year being held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017.

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