Support has been pledged to an annual event that celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Coventry.

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Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) is backing this year’s Coventry Pride event, when it returns on June 10 and 11.

 

 

For 2017, the main event will be taking place in University Square in the city centre opposite Coventry Cathedral, but there will also be exciting activities going ahead at Fargo Village and Coventry Transport Museum.

Coventry BID has now become an official sponsor of the annual proceedings, along with Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

Thousands of visitors are expected to pour into the city centre that weekend as the Coventry Food and Drink Festival will be taking place at the same time.

Trish Willetts, Coventry BID manager, said that it will be wonderful to see the city centre filled with visitors enjoying events and seeing what Coventry has to offer.

“Coventry Pride has gone from strength to strength since it first started back in 2015,” she said.

“It is wonderful that Pride has increased its popularity to the point that it has now spread itself across the city with a whole host of locations.

“We could not be happier to show support for such a wonderful event and we hope that 2017 is the best year ever.

“With the Coventry Food and Drink Festival taking place during the same weekend, it is the perfect chance to show everyone what the city centre and all its businesses have to offer.”

A whole host of talented musical acts will be taking to the stage during the event including Coventry bands One Week Stand and The Prophets, along with Feryl, a Lady Gaga tribute act, SKA-Woody, Kristy Gallacher, Rachel Weston and many more.

There will also be also be a special blessing of the marriage of Haley Bridge and Claire Haines in University Square on the Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

Paul Desson-Baxter, Trustee of Coventry Pride, added: “The Coventry Pride Trustees are very pleased that Coventry BID has come on board as an official sponsor of this year’s event.

“With the event being held in the city centre for 2017, it seemed fitting that we worked with the BID team.

“Planning and organising for Coventry Pride this year is in full swing and we are hoping that it will be bigger and better than ever before.

“Coventry Pride is very much a community event which celebrates the diverse LGBT+ communities of Coventry and the UK and the fact that we have a number of locations across the city centre means that the whole community of Coventry can get involved and enjoy what is on offer.”

For further information about the BID please at a look at visit www.coventrycitycentre.co.uk/what-is-coventry-bid