Attracting more than 25,000 people, the region’s annual festival – Liverpool Pride is back this weekend to celebrate all things LGBTQ+.

Expected to create an atmosphere of joy along with the iconic rainbow flags, the free two-day event returns to St George’s Quarter tomorrow and Sunday (29 & 30 July), after the festivals successful relocation in 2016.

Kicking off the celebrations with this years theme of International Love, the eighth annual Pride March will leave St George’s Plateau, outside St George’s Hall at 12pm on Saturday. Despite official registration being closed, everyone is still welcome to come and take part in the march and show their support for members of the LGBTQ community, welcoming the old, young and anyone simply bursting with pride.

Members of Michael Causer’s family will lead the march, with Liverpool Pride being created in 2010 as a community response to Michael’s death, and as a positive and empowering way to celebrate his life.

Marchers are further encouraged to compliment this years theme of Liverpool diversity and global links by carrying flags and dressing up, which has proven as a popular choice during previous years.

Prior to taking to the streets, participants are advised to gather from 10.30am, in order for security checks to operate at a faster pace.

Following an official welcome from special guest speakers, the Liverpool Pride March will leave St George’s Plateau, with a sea of colourful and international flags making their way towards Roe Street and Hood Street. The march will then continue along Whitechapel, Lord Street, Derby Square, Castle Street and then North John Street and Victoria Street towards Liverpool’s Stanley Street Quarter before returning to Dale Street. The crowd will then make its way across the Churchill way flyover and return to its starting point at St George’s Plateau.

After the marches conclusion, the festival will continue and include plenty of entertainment, music and international food and drink, with Barclay’s main stage being hosted by Celebrity Big Brother star Austin Armacost, and headlined by successful pop trio Atomic Kitten. Guest appearances also include Kym Mazelle and Livin’ Joy.

Other stages include the World on One Stage, with a line-up including Batala Mersey and Soul Fest, and the Garden Stage, which will host an array of diverse acts, from Louis Brad to Gyro.

Families are also welcome to be a part of the celebration; the family orientated We Are Family providing inflatables, rides and crafts for a second year running.

Support also comes from L1 brands such as New Look, who will be giving away free limited edition LGBT+ themed shirts on Saturday, from 10am-12pm.

Liverpool 1’s New Look window display, 28/07/17

Sunday’s event is also not to miss, with musical offerings from X Factor finalist and West End star Marcus Collins. The Liverpool native will be joined by boyband 5 to 5, BBC’s Let It Shine winners, giving a sneak peak ahead of their UK tour, which is soon coming to the Liverpool Empire.

Guaranteed to be a fun filled weekend of community, support and eclectic performances, there is without a doubt something for everyone at this year’s Liverpool Pride.

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