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The city’s annual Pride event announced this years line-up in a tightly packed room high above the city in the Epstein Theatre. With a theme focusing on city icons, it promises to be its most flamboyant yet.

Now in its seventh year, Pride returns with a programme that aims to embrace absolutely everybody in the city, adding a new family fun day to Sunday’s programme. There were several speakers and acts that helped launch the festival programme. Joan Burnett, a Pride Trustee said: ” We don’t make Liverpool Pride. You do.”

Additionally, there are plans to light up the Police HQ. PC Tracy O’Hara from Merseyside Police said: “I cant wait. I’m very proud of how we [the police] have taken to this. Hopefully, the Police HQ will be lit up. We police with your consent.”

The entertainment began with The Ruby Slippers, an exciting new play which explores love, identity, friendship and prejudice within the LGBT+ community.

Split between St George’s Plateau and St John’s Gardens, the event includes a Garden Stage with performances in tribute to the late Cilla Black, the music of George Michael and Sing With Pride. In the latter, Sense of Sound’s Jennifer John will be working with six different choirs from communities across the area to perform 22 songs from local acts including The Beatles, The Christians, Dead or Alive and Echo and the Bunnymen, among others.

Also on the cards is an alternative fashion show on the steps of St George’s Hall with the whole day building towards a finale performance of Cilla’s You’re My World, marking the first anniversary of her death on August 1.

Liverpool Pride is a week-long festival which culminates in a two-day event on the weekend of July 30 and 31. As always, the festival coincides as closely as possible with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who dies on August 2, 2008. The Pride festival was created in his memory.