Liverpool Pride 2012 declared a success with 52,000 attending

Britain's Largest Free Pride Outside London Increases Attendance Figures for Third Consecutive Year

Over 52,000 people are estimated to have attended Liverpool Pride 2012

The UK’s biggest FREE Pride event outside of London, Liverpool Pride 2012 took place at Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head and throughout the city’s Stanley Street Quarter.

Organisers also announced that, despite the rain, the Liverpool Pride March had increased in size from previous years, with 5,000 people taking part and 10,000 spectators lining the cities streets to watch the nautical themed procession.

The Liverpool Pride 2012 March also made history. For first time ever a Premier League football club; Liverpool Football Club was represented at a Pride March with staff, supporters and members of the LFC women’s team all taking part, marching behind an LFC banner. It was also the first year that Liverpool Pride Marched with Patron Angela Eagle MP at the helm of the procession alongside Liverpool Pride Trustees, representatives from the City Council including Lord Mayor Cllr Sharon Sullivan and Deputy Mayor Paul Brant and the family of murdered teenager Michael Causer.

Throughout the day, Pride-goers were treated to a feast of great entertainment at both the Waterfront and in the Stanley Street Quarter including performances from Marcus Collins, Liz McClarnon and 2 Shoes to name but a few. There were also a number of celebs in attendance including Alex Gerrard, the wife of LFC’s Steven Gerrard, the cast of Desperate Scousewives, the Mayor of Liverpool and Lee Latchford Evans from Steps who came along to support his girl band Concrete Rose who performed on the Main Stage.

Other highlights included a bigger than ever LGBT market, 2 for 1 tickets on Mersey Ferry river cruises and a Health and Wellbeing zone.

Zoran Blackie, Chair of Liverpool Pride, said: "It may have rained on our parade but it didn't dampen our spirits. I am so grateful to all of the team, volunteers, sponsors, venues and most importantly the local LGBT community, their friends and families who made the day so special and our city loud and proud. Here’s to next year!"

In just three years, Liverpool Pride has established itself as one of the major highlights in the city and the wider LGBT community’s summer calendar. Bursting onto the scene, the inaugural Liverpool Pride festival attracted over 20,000 people, which was doubled to over 44,000 in 2011 and now increased to 52,000 in 2012.

Make sure you keep an eye on liverpoolpride.co.uk, @LiverpoolPride on Twitter and search Liverpool Pride on Facebook to have your say and for all of the latest pride news and for next year's date!

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