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Bristol Pride plans street parties and 40 music acts

Thousands are expected to descend on the South West England for Bristol Pride 2012
Thousands expected at Bristol Pride this coming July.

Bristol Pride is back from 7 to 14 July, including a free outdoor festival.

We Are: Proud - Bristol Pride was officially launched by Bristol's Lord Mayor earlier this month and will celebrate the flourishing LGBT community in the South West of Britain.

Thousands are expected to attend the event which will showcase talent within the local comuunity. Events will include art, film, music and dance featured in various venues across the city.

High profile gay celebrities, such as comedian Graham Norton, screenwriter Russell T Davies, comic Matt Lucas and actor, author and TV presenter Stephen Fry, have already pledged their support.

Stephen Fry has said: ‘A refusal to accept a culture of bullying, taunting and hatred are as necessary now as they have ever been.’

And Matt Lucas added: ‘I am delighted to know that the Pride event is still going strong, and I'm very happy to support it.’

Festival organizer, Daryn Carter has responded to these messages of support: ‘It is a real honor to have such overwhelming support but more so to be able to showcase messages from such positive role models. I hope they can be a real inspiration, especially to young LGBT people.’

Pride Day is on 14 July and will see a colorful parade lead onto Bristol’s College Green for this year’s outdoor music festival. The festival has already confirmed over 40 acts who will perform across two stages and three performance hubs.

Pride Night will include an evening street fiesta where festival goers will be serenaded in the evening air by DJs. There will also be parties around the city and a Pride takeover of Bristol's O2 Academy, headlined by the London disco funk group, Horse Meat Disco.

Pride Day is free, but festival organizers are encouraging everyone to get a supporter wristband, which help make the event possible and offers queue-jumps, various discounts during the day at bars, food and the market and free entry into night time events including the O2 after party. Day and night supporter wrist bands are priced at £16.50 ($26.50 €21) each and are available from the Bristol Ticket Shop.

For more information on the event, visit the We Are: Proud - Bristol Pride 2012 website.

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