Birmingham Pride have released a statement confirming it is to go ahead this weekend following this week’s attack by a suicide bomber in Manchester.
Organizers furthermore said that a one minute silence will take place.
This will occur before the festival’s Carnival Parade in Victoria Square on Saturday.
Click here to read our preview story on Birmingham Pride, taking place from 27-28 July.
At least 22 people lost their lives in the attack at an Ariana Grande gig at Manchester Arena on Monday. At least 59 people were injured.
ACC Alex Murray of West Midlands Police said in a statement: ‘Birmingham plays host to Pride this weekend and we’re expecting tens of thousands of visitors to the city. This is an annual event with a parade, music and festivities which are enjoyed by many.
‘I appreciate that people planning to attend may feel a sense of nervousness. I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reassurance that a full policing operation is in place and is subject to ongoing reviews.
‘We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe. This isn’t only for the Pride event, but also for anyone visiting the city to enjoy all it has to offer.’
Lawrence Barton, Festival Director, furthermore commented: ’Following the tragic events in Manchester, we have been overwhelmed by all your messages of support – and are truly humbled that you are coming out in large numbers to show your LOVE + PRIDE this weekend.
‘Birmingham is a great city, and like Manchester, we shall be showing the world our true spirit of love, unity, and support for one another whilst honouring the victims of Monday night’s attack.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our key stakeholders, and in particular West Midlands Police who we have been working with closely over the last six months.
‘There will be a full policing operation in place to keep the public safe, and is subject to ongoing reviews.
‘So we look forward to hosting one of our best Birmingham Pride Parades and Festivals to date. And we know that, with your commitment and support, the people of Birmingham and all our visitors from around the world will demonstrate LOVE will always win over hate.’
‘Birmingham Pride is ensuring the safety of everyone at the festival and has been working with West Midlands Police over the past six months on ensuring policing and security for the event are top of the agenda. Birmingham Pride’s security arrangements are currently under review on a daily basis.’
Performers at this year’s event include Dua Lipa and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
For more information, visit the official Birmingham Pride website.