As final preparations get under way for Pride London 2017, the full line-up for Croydon PrideFest can now be revealed.
An exciting array of acts have been secured with the fantastic ‘Topping and Butch’ cabaret act, known for appearances at Edinburgh Festival and on Radio 4, headlining the event, which returns to the borough on Saturday 15 July. Joining them on the festival stage will be Abbalicious, Bugeye, Christopher Haul, Dorian Reland, Emma Lindars, Miss Sugar Cube (Wayne Allingham), Leah McKenzie, Rainbow Singers Across Borders, Terence Surin and Trans-Siberian March Band. This year’s event promises to bigger and better than the last and will kick off with the Pride Walking Parade leaving North End and travelling through central Croydon past the town hall to the main festival area in The Queen’s Gardens. As well as music and cabaret, there will also be vintage and craft stalls, street food and drinks on offer, as well as children’s entertainment. The free festival, which celebrates the local LGBT+ community will also mark 50 years of progress to equality, in recognition of the law that partially decriminalised homosexuality, which was first introduced in 1967.
Councillor Mark Watson, Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs, said: “I am delighted we can finally announce the exciting line up for this year’s Croydon PrideFest. Last year’s event was a huge success and I’m pleased our fantastically diverse borough will be able to enjoy a variety of brilliant entertainment while celebrating our LGBT+ community.”
Paula Goodwin, Chair of the Pride Steering Group, added: “There’s just over a week to go until Croydon PrideFest and it promises to be a fantastic event. I’d like to thank the council and police for their support in arranging PrideFest and keeping it safe for all.”
Croydon PrideFest 2017 is being sponsored by A-Plant, Croydon Partnership, BRAC contracts, Project Centre, Chequers contracts. For more information on the event visit www.croydonpride.org.uk.