Wakefield Pride 2011 set to have the X-Factor

2010 Wakefield Pride
2010 Wakefield Pride

X-Factor stars, Eurovision contestants and drag queens will top the bills at two Pride celebrations taking place on Sunday.

Rainbow flags will be waved proudly from all corners of the city as the annual celebrations get under way.

This year there will be a community party in Cathedral Precinct hosted by Wakefield Pride Not Prejudice.

And NU (Newly United) Wakefield Pride 2011 will also take place on Southgate.

Organisers of both events hope this year’s celebrations will be the biggest and best yet.

In the city centre the fun starts from noon with live music from Eurovision star Nicki French and Pink tribute artist Missunderstood.

Judith Ineson, chair woman of Wakefield Pride Not Prejudice, said: “It’s not just for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people, it’s for everyone and is all about celebrating diversity.”

Proceeds from the event will go to Pinderfields Neonatal Unit, Make-a-wish Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society and Local Heroes charity.

Over on Southgate the celebrations also start at noon with an official opening by Mayoress of Wakefield Ros Lund at 2pm.

X-Factor brother and sister duo Same Difference will headline the event which will be hosted by drag queens Miss Blanche Devereaux and Miss Sordid Secret.

Organiser Sol Pickwell Nicolaou said: “We hope as many people come out to celebrate diversity and enjoy Pride 2011.”

There will also be parade through the city centre, stalls and food.

Southgate will be closed to traffic from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday.

A free family fun day will also be held in The Rainbow, on Lower Warrengate.