ONE of the biggest events in Doncaster’s calendar kicks off this weekend as Doncaster Pride gets underway.
The hugely popular event staged by the town’s gay community aims to celebrate diversity and individuality and all are welcome to enjoy attractions including live music, a market and a fairground.
This year Pride has a new venue, with the Keepmoat Stadium being chosen to host the festivities .
The day will kick off with the ‘Walk of Unity’, a parade from the town centre to the stadium which showcases the flamboyance and fun of Pride, meeting at the Crystal pub in Market Place at 1pm.
Acts appearing on the seven-hour live stage include tribute performers bringing to life Katy Perry, Boy George, Pink and Abba and the event rounds off with the sound of S Club by the group’s former lead singer Jo O’Meara.
There will also be a public appearance by the cast of BBC3 reality show Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum.
Pride also has a new sponsor this year, with BT now backing the event. The firm employs a large number of people locally and were named the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce most gay-friendly employer in 2009.
Pride runs from 2-10pm this Saturday. Admission is £3 per adult and free for children.
It is now in its fifth year, initially in the town centre event before switching to the racecourse.