Top music and entertainment stars perform in Truro next week as part of the Cornwall Pride event, celebrating the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Cornwall. An amazing 800 people attended the first event in 2008, and now Cornwall Pride returns to Truro on Saturday 8 August with a bigger and better line-up for all the family.
The fun starts with a parade though Truro city centre, starting at 11am from Lemon Quay. Leading the parade will be the activist Peter Tatchell, best known for his outspoken views on gay and human rights which have led him into conflict with authorities in Zimbabwe and Russia.
Carried in the parade will be a 40 m (130 feet) long rainbow Pride flag, one of the longest in the UK.
Christian Diamant, chair of Cornwall Pride, said: ‘Our team has worked very hard sewing the flag together, and I know it’s going to look amazing and will be a highlight of the parade. We have bands, marchers, live music and costumes. Truro shoppers won’t be able to miss us.’
The party continues all afternoon in Victoria Gardens in Truro, where there will be free live music from the bandstand by upcoming and local artistes, including Melissa Crispo, InVocal, Sapphire Light and Opposite Worlds. There will be stalls, information and entertainment for the whole family, including children.
The Pride event finishes with a ticket-only entertainment spectacular in a marquee on Lemon Quay in Truro, starting at 7pm. Topping the bill is Hazell Dean who will be performing her hits including “Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)”, “Who’s Leaving Who?” and “Searchin’ (I Got To Find a Man)”.
Also performing will be chart acts, Rozalla, Andy Scott-Lee and Mpho, who launched her debut single ‘Box N Locks’ this week. They will be supported by Kelly Pepper, The Vanity Girls, AJ, and Tania as Cher.
Tickets are now available at £10 each from Qdos bar and Hall for Cornwall, both in Truro, or in Victoria Gardens on the day.