The charity behind Liverpool’s Pride Parade have announced a raft of changes for the event, but it is still going ahead.
◉ Liverpool Pride found it difficult to find Sponsors for the event
◉ Bad weather is blamed for poor attendance at the 2014 event
◉ 2015 event will go ahead, but scaled back
A statement from Joan Burnett a trustee for the Liverpool Pride charity said that 2015 had been an “extremely difficult year for the Liverpool Pride charity in financial terms” citing bad weather for the poor turn out in 2014 and difficulties in finding sponsors for the event.
This year the Pride team is working towards “sustainability for 2016.”
Despite the changes, the Pride team is keen to stress that an event will go ahead for the sixth consecutive year but in a new scaled down format for 2015 while they go through a transitional year.
Changes to the event on Saturday, 1 August, mean that there will be no event at the Pier Head as first announced, or road closures at the Stanley Street Quarter. There will no outdoor alcohol drinking zones.
Ms. Burnett continued saying,
“Our theme, Love Is No Crime, will focus on the Pride March and positive messages about LGBT lives. Liverpool Pride is a registered charity so we have to stay within our financial restraints, therefore the event will feel less commercial and more community driven, with lots of free activities. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and supporters for continuing to champion the Pride cause.
“It’s a day for remembering why we hold Pride – to try to ensure that what happened to Michael Causer never happens again. LGBT people in our region still undergo violence and prejudice simply for who they are, and Liverpool Pride is a campaign for equality and dignity for everyone. By putting the March at the centre of our attention, we’re giving the campaign the profile it deserves.
“However this is Liverpool Pride, so visitors can still expect fabulous celebrations across the Stanley Street Quarter, and we aim to announce a great line-up of brand new music, dance and film, and health and wellbeing in venues across the city, but we do still need support.”
Established in 2010, Liverpool Pride is a charity run entirely by volunteers. This year the organising charity has faced difficulties in attracting additional sponsors to help fund the format that attenders have come to expect in recent years, due to the current economic climate and escalating event costs.
Keep up to date with Pride Liverpool announcements by visiting www.liverpoolpride.co.uk where people can also register to volunteer or find out about sponsorship opportunities.