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Birmingham Pride Festival 2013

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Birmingham Pride Festival is the weekend long yearly event that is celebrated in the Gay Village along Hurst Street in the city. LGBT street parties are held over the two days, food vans and cocktail and beer stalls are dotted around the Gay Village to keep you liquored up because everyone knows a cocktail makes a party.

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But mostly it's the people, and this year the line up is epic. Paloma Faith, Stooshe, JLS and Bananarama will be performing and playing their DJ sets.

Although the village green is free admission, to see the cabaret acts, performances, and experience Pride at its best, tickets cost £10 and can be bought at the kiosk by The Hippodrome.

All the clubs are open, there are a few fun fair rides like The Mask and The Waltzers, so hold on to your party hats because Gay Pride is one of the most exciting parties to come to Birmingham.

There are hundreds of stalls as well as the infamous Pride parade. Think flamboyance, but also understated, chic, classic displays of pride. It's about accepting that sexuality is a part of you, and why not celebrate who you are!

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Every year there's a theme, and this year's is Free Love, but fun and games aside, the organisers always make sure there's a HIV testing tent, which is free. Grit your teeth and get tested because sexual health is a matter of pride. It's just like a trip to the Dr's and you can have a lolly afterwards.

What separates Pride festival from other street carnivals, however, are the concerts. International and local talent as well as renowned DJ's descend upon the stages around the Village, and turn Pride into a live, club-like event.

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Partying it up

Everyone starts dancing in the street and gets lost in the music - I know I will anyway. Grab your party hats and make this Bank Holiday one of Pride
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Why? To celebrate with a whole lot of pride
When: Midday-midnight.
Where: Gay Village - Hurst Street
Cost: £10 per ticket
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