No Mardi Gras parade in Birmingham this year
The organisers of Birmingham Pride, which takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on May 24th and 25th, have confirmed that there will not be a parade this year.
There were disagreements about the start time, and objections to road closures.
Pride spokesman Phil Oldershaw told the Birmingham Post: “There was pressure on us this year to put back the parade until early evening rather than in the afternoon, which is when we’ve always held it.
“However, we can promise that the events planned in the gay village and the stage acts will more than compensate for the parade because we have some headline artists planned and a wide variety of community groups performing.“Birmingham City Council’s events unit have been spot on and helped us every step of the way.”
Sunday 25th May 2008 will see the official launch event with the Mayor of Birmingham.
Pop stars Gabrielle, Samantha Mumba and Simon Webbe will be making appearances at gay venue The Nightingale.