Events for Birmingham Pride 2023 will kick off tomorrow evening (May 26) with a community event at the Smithfield site. And, the bigger celebration is set to take place this weekend.
The party will be bigger and better this year with five stages, a bigger VIP area and the biggest ever main stage, Conrad Guest Cabaret Stage, Dance Arena and the additional attractions of the popular street food stalls, community stalls, seating areas and more.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the two-day festival that will kick off with the Pride Parade on May 27.
Before the big celebration begins, Bullring is hosting an After Hours event after the shops close tomorrow (May 26). If you have ever wondered what the Bullring looks like at midnight - this might be the best time to have a look around.
The after hours night out will be hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star and fan-favourite, Ginny Lemon. The event will feature a stellar line-up from 9pm to midnight including music producer and promoter, Jodie Harsh, with a DJ set and Girls Aloud member, Nadine Coyle, with a special performance. Music will also be provided by Ginny’s fellow Drag Race UK star, Black Peppa, and DJs from Gaydio.
The next morning, the Pride Parade - one of the key events of the weekend - will start off at Centenary Square before going to the LGBTQ+ village. Thousands of people from the LGBTQIA+ community and allies, will come together to walk, march and aboard decorated floats.
The LGBTQ+ village will be transformed and several roads in and around will either be closed or have restricted access.
Here is the full route of the parade
The parade road closures will begin from 9am at Centenary Square and Broad Street. However, the parade will take off from outside the Library of Birmingham around 11am.
It will then head towards Victoria Square and go further onto New Street and rounding off at Moor Street Station. The parade will then move on to Smallbrook Queensway before going into the LGBTQ+ village.
The Parade road closures will initially effect Centenary Square and Broad Street from 9am, then the rest of the route will have staggered closures in place from approx 11.30am to 3pm when the Parade is scheduled to have fully finished its progress through.
The roads that will be closed are Hurst Street, Bromsgrove Street and Pershore Street. There will be restricted access to Essex Street, Lower Essex Street, Kent Street, Smallbrook Queensway and Sherlock Street. The festival area is marked in green in the map below.