Birmingham Pride 2011

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Birmingham Pride 2011

The theme this year was celebrating “One Love - One World - One community”.  The message was evident in the parade, which saw hundreds of people making their way through the streets on foot, alongside a large number of superbly decorated floats.

Launched from Victoria Square in Birmingham's city centre at 12 noon on Saturday 28 May 2011, the Carnival Parade took a new route, a much more visible procession through the city than previous years.

The 2 day Birmingham Pride event entertained 10’s of thousands of people with its packed schedule of things to do.

If DJs and dance arenas are your thing, then The Club Chic Dance Tent boasted two full days of live PAs and sets by local and well known DJs. In fact, 2011 was Pride’s biggest Dance Arena experience to date! Over the two days, more than 20 DJs played to showcase some of the biggest tunes around, including an Exclusive 90 minute set from Judge Jules.

The hugely popular Cabaret Marquee had a great line-up of drag acts and funny folk who love to banter and entertain.

The Community Village Green (sponsored by Zone Magazine) is where they cover a local car park with grass for you to relax with friends, the chance to take-a-break from partying and do some chilling-out. Plus they had some fun Community Games to join in bringing people together. Surrounding the area were tents and stalls for local charities to showcase themselves and lots of shopping. Plus a fun fair to really wiz around and go upside-down.  

The Nightingale Main Stage was the centre point of Pride. The most popular PA's were:

Kevin Simms - Pop/soul singer and former member of Liberty X.

Baby D - Classic old skool dance artiste, scored a UK number 1 hit with Let Me Be Your Fantasy back in the early 90s, which was successfully re-released on numerous occasions.

INJU5TICE - Are tipped to be the next big boyband. They recently headlined Clothes Show Live at the NEC.

Steph Fearon - Over The Rainbow finalist.

Josh Dubovie - UK's answer to Michael Buble, the boy with the sultry swing voice represented the UK in The Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Jo O'Meara (S Club) - Former member of S Club, making a welcome return to the Birmingham Pride stage.

Scooch - Girl boyband from early 00s, got back together for Eurovision in 2007 –  the biggest selling UK Eurovision hit of the last decade ‘Flying The Flag’

Katrina (from The Waves) - UK Winner of the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest

Special thanks to the Birmingham Pride committee, all the volunteers and fund raisers for achieving one of the best ever events.

More info at: or Midlands Zone Magazine