Oxford will be hosting a ‘drag race’ this month to raise funds for the city’s pride event in June.

For the second year, Oxford will host its LGBT play on the American tradition of straight-line car racing by setting runners in drag on a route across the city centre on Saturday 19 May.

Rafe Jeune, Chair of Oxford Pride Group said: “This is always a fun and colourful day that helps to raise awareness of the LGBT community in Oxford while raising much needed funds.”

Drag racers will meet at 12 noon at the Jolly Farmers, before making their way to the corner of Ship Street and Cornmarket Street. The race will begin around 1pm, going down Cornmarket and Queen St where an Oxford Pride information stall will be located outside of the Westgate Centre, and finally ending up on Paradise Street.

There will be volunteers on the stand all day providing the public with information about this year’s Pride and the LGBT community in Oxford.

Members of the community have been invited to be sponsored to dress up and walk through town promoting pride and collecting money for the main event. The more eye-catching an outfit, organisers say, the better.