Saturday's (30 September) Wolves Pride family event is shaping up to be the biggest one yet - and there is still time to be part of it.

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More than 6,000 free tickets have so far been snapped up for the occasion, which will celebrate the City of Wolverhampton's community diversity.

It will feature a broad range of music, live entertainment and performers, as well as a fantastic range of street food, bars, information stands, merchandise stalls, and a family area with fun activities for the children - including the 'Big Howl' Guinness World Record attempt.

The newly formed Wolverhampton LGBT Alliance is hosting the event, with support from City of Wolverhampton Council, University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Homes.

It will take place from 12pm to 9pm on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter's car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton's Ambika Paul building.

William Power of E11EVEN Group, who has staged LGBT+ events across the country, will deliver the event.

Headline acts include S Club and soul sensation Jaki Graham, and the dance tent, hosted by Gorgeous Nightclub, will feature ILL PHIL, Lisa Sharred, Wayne H, James Ball b2b Mark Chapman, plus Gorgeous Nightclub residents James Levett and Jonny Chapman.

The Fringe, taking place in the Harrison Leaning Centre within the Ambika Paul building, will offer a series of talks between 1pm and 7pm.

City of Wolverhampton Council's Member Champion for Equalities, Councillor Paula Brookfield, said: "We are delighted to be supporting what is looking like being the biggest Pride event the city has ever seen. The rich diversity of the City of Wolverhampton is a real strength and it is important we celebrate it through this event in the calendar. Not only does it raise awareness of LGBT+ equality messages - but it provides the platform for a great family day out in the city centre."

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: "As the 'University of Opportunity' we are always keen to work with our partners and neighbours for the betterment of the local community.  We believe that by supporting Wolves Pride we can ensure that everyone enjoys a fun event, which also affirms the importance that the City and the University places on LGBT Equality.  We are especially pleased that this event will fall within our Welcome to Wolves induction programme, and so it will be a unique opportunity to bring together students from across our campuses to celebrate the diversity of our community." 

Lesley Roberts, Wolverhampton Homes Chief Executive, said: "Wolverhampton Homes has supported Wolverhampton Pride since the first event 5 years ago and this year we are proud to support it as part of the newly formed Wolverhampton LGBT Alliance. Pride gives us a wonderful opportunity to show how organisations can work together to improve services to the LGBT+ community in Wolverhampton."

William added: "Working alongside city partners we are aiming to celebrate diversity and provide a great day out for all the family."

Tickets are free if you book in advance and admission without a ticket on the day will incur a small charge of £2 on the gate, with £1 going to charity and £1 to event costs.

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  • released: Tuesday 26 September, 2017