The Vinyl Throwbacks - Pride 2010

After an absence of several years Leicester Gay Pride Festival returned to Victoria Park; there was a main stage with acts going on throughout the day and 80s Rock band The Vinyl Throwbacks were on stage with their set of classic covers.

The Vinvyl Throwbacks

With their wigs and costumes, Leicester's the VTs soon had the crowd singing along to a set of well known classic rock songs. The only live band at the festival, they shared the stage with solo singers who sang to backing tracks, including Essex boy Lee Bennett and 16 year old singer Jazz Black who began her set with a Kasabian number and ended with the Kings of Leon.

The Vinyls Throwbacks at pride

Opened by the Lord Mayor of Leicester, the festival began with a procession that started in the city centre and ended on Victoria Park.

In fine dry weather, the event attracted a large and mixed crowd of people who gathered for a social party, live entertainment and rides on the fun fair. Charities and support agencies put up with stalls promoting health and well being and the event provided people with a trouble free and happy day of fun and exotic dressing up.

Last year the festival was held in Belgrave Gate, which was closed off the for the day.

vinyl thorwbacks band

Singing boy bandInju5tice were a great hit with the crowd. Check out the Inju5tice web site.

inju5tice

The five lads did a fizzing song and dance routine and the young crowd at the front really got into their set. A good selection of pop songs and five cheerful personalities ... just the ticket for a Pride event.

drag artists at Pride

The main stage was compared by two drag artists whose side-splittingly funny banter had the audience in stitches throughout the day.

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© Harjinder Ohbi Singer Lee Bennett on stage at Leicester Pride

No doubt the partying will continue well into the night in the bars and clubs of the city centre.

costumes at price

© Harjinder Ohbi

The acts on the stage were not the only ones to dress up for the show. Quite a lot of the crowd also donned flamboyant costumes. Pride is like a huge fancy dress party where anyone can indulge their wildest fantasies.

costumes at pride

© Harjinder Ohbi

Leicester Pride, now a registered charity, is the local event organiser of the annual Leicester Pride festival that celebrates gay and lesbian people. The crowd at Pride is a vibrant mixture of people, not just gay but a cross section of the public, of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, representing the diversity of Leicester people.

customes at pride

© Harjinder Ohbi

Leicester Pride also has a serious side. The Health and Wellbeing Marquee featured many of the invaluable support agencies that provide essential services to the gay community in Leicester

LASS stall at pride

© Harjinder Ohbi

Leicestershire AIDS Support Services had a stall in the marquee where they distributed red ribbons and information leaflets, as well as having a number of volunteers on hand to talk to people who need advice or just a friendly welcome.

Local businesses too took up the opportunity to create some brand awareness at the event.

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Trevor Locke
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