Pride: Liverpool scales it back

pride march photoLiverpool LGBT Pride this August will be smaller than planned. Due to lack of sufficient outside sponsorship the festival section will be dropped: however the parade and the vigil inspired by the death of Michael Causer will still take place on Saturday 1st August.

Nearby bi group BiPhoria have appeared in the parade several times in recent years.

Liverpool Pride trustee Joan Burnett told local paper the Liverpool Echo that last year’s event had failed to cover its costs, largely due to bad weather.

“We are a charity run by volunteers, and as such we don’t have the money it would take to put on an event of that scale again.

“We have been working with fundraisers to try to get a main sponsor, but despite some very kind donations and the support of the city council we haven’t been able to get enough together to fund a large scale event this year.”

She added: “We had to make sure that the most important parts of the day could still happen. The Pride March and the Michael Causer Vigil will still go ahead, and we want to get as many people involved as possible in making them a huge success.

“They are both free and both absolutely vital in sending out a message to our communities.

“Everyone is welcome to join in and we would love to see as many people attending those events, which have always been at the heart of Pride itself.”