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Summer crowdpuller to return!

One of the Lincoln’s biggest crowd-pullers is making a comeback this summer – boosting the growing number of shoppers and tourists being welcomed to the city year-on-year.

Lincoln BIG is delighted to announce that the highly-popular Lincoln Pride Festival, which offers families a fantastic day packed with colour and fun, is taking place on Saturday, September 29.

Event organiser and owner of LGBT bar The Scene, Tom Mullins, said excitement is already building ahead of the event, which runs from 11.30am to 7pm, and typically attracts people from way beyond Lincolnshire’s borders.

“Last year, Lincoln Pride – which celebrates equality and diversity – attracted 5,000 people, including many from Nottinghamshire.  They were all eager to be part of what is arguably the biggest event of its kind in Lincolnshire,” said Tom.

“We’re starting off with an unmissable parade, starting from the city’s new bus station in St Mary’s Street at 11.30pm. It will feature floats, musicians, representatives from various different groups and members of the general public.

“The parade will follow a route down Wigford Way, up the High Street and across Newland to finally arrive on the city’s Brayford Waterfront at noon. The Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Keith Weaver will then lead the parade to the stage near the old Barge on The Brayford, where he will officially open the event.”

This year’s festival will feature more than 60 stallholders, including those run by local and national charity and community groups.  They will be selling a variety of goods, but also happy to chat and hand out information about what they do. Police, Ambulance and Fire Service vehicles will also be on display.

Lot of people are naturally attracted by the prospect of seven hours of non-stop family entertainment, including great musicians, games, the drag queen competition and activities, such as children’s face-painting.

Lincoln Pride has secured funding support for this event from Anglian Water, Stokes Coffee, Siemens and Lindum Fire Services.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “Lincoln is getting a great reputation for its ability to host major events, which attract people from other parts of the UK and beyond.  Another success story is the annual Asylum Steampunk Convention, which is taking place on August 24 to 27.

“This trend is an all-round winner.  It’s a great fun day.  Visitors have  a chance to discover more about Lincoln while they are here and there’s an economic benefit to our shopkeepers, hotels and guesthouses.”