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Blackpool Gay Pride 2014

Celebrating the Blackpool's Pride Festival

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Known very well in the U.K. but not as well outside of the country, Blackpool is a British coastal resort town (population 140,000) on the Irish Sea, north of Liverpool and northwest of Manchester (England's major gay hub after London). Very steadily over the past two decades, it's become Northern England's premier gay and lesbian beach destination, and the weekend of June 14 and 15, 2014, the city hosts Blackpool Pride Festival, a lively series of parties, concerts, and gatherings.

Festivities begin on Saturday, June 14, with the Blackpool Gay Pride Parade, which takes place at Central Pier from 11 am until noon. Following this, the Blackpool Gay Pride Festival takes place at Blackpool Winter Gardens, from noon until 6 pm, on both Saturday and Sunday (June 14 and 15), and featuring dozens of community and retail market stalls and a host of great performers, including Gareth Gates, Bonne La Blue, Kim Markham, Nritya Sangam, Jenniffer Ball, Rob Eagle, Jason Oliver, Tameka Jackson, Black Lace, and many others. Also at Winter Gardens on June 14 is the Blackpool Same Sex Dance Festival. Here's a full program of Blackpool Pride events throughout the weekend.

The city's many gay-popular restaurants and bars, gay hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check local gay resources, such as Blackpool's online Gay Guide, for details. Also check out Visit Blackpool, the region's official tourism organization.

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