Bolton Pride returns for a three day festival weekend celebrating five years between 20-22 September 2019 in association with Bolton At Home and Bolton Council.
Bolton Pride returns for a three day festival weekend celebrating five years between 20-22 September 2019 in association with Bolton At Home and Bolton Council. The festival weekend begins with the Bolton FM street party on East Street outside the Market Place from 4pm. At 8.15pm attendees are welcome to congregate in Victoria Square where key speakers will officially launch Bolton Pride 2019 including the Rainbow Lights Switch On of the iconic Bolton Town Hall. The Swan on Bradshawgate welcomes the official Bolton Pride launch party hosted by Misty Chance with live music from The Govans including special drinks offers.
Saturday 21st September will see Bolton Pride’s fourth parade leave Queen’s Park at 11am.This year Bolton Pride’s parade is sponsored by Post Office with plenty of opportunities for people to watch the parade along Spa Road, over Marsden Road onto Deansgate and Howell Croft North into Victoria Square. The Main Stage will be officially opened by Tony Oakman, Chief of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of Bolton Council with speeches throughout the day from representatives of major sponsors, GMP along with the Mayor Of Bolton and soap stars to name a few.
Kicking off the live entertainment will be the cast of Polka Dot Pantomimes’ Aladdin including Ray Quinn, this year’s Christmas Pantomime offering from the Albert Halls, Bolton’s favourite pantomime venue. The Main Stage showcases five hours of incredible performances including Nadia Business, Andrew Curphey, Vegan Queens and Sam Dickinson along with headliners La Voix, Kevin Simm and Michael Rice. Guests speakers will visit throughout the day all hosted by Misty Chance, Graham Edgington, Soraya Vivian and Tower FM’s Jon Holling.
The Venue Bar of Churchgate will provide a main hub bottle bar in Victoria Square alongside various stalls for visitors peruse. The Market Place will place host to plenty of stalls and activities along with the Bolton FM Stage which will be programmed with a variety of live entertainment throughout the day.
This year the Alma Inn of Bradshawgate will host the Alternative Stage which will be raising money for the homeless. Live music starts from 8pm featuring LGBT+ bands including a range of music from skate punk to Rupaul’s Drag Race covers band.
The official Bolton Pride after-party will take place at The Venue on Churchgate where Garlands of Liverpool take over part of their 25th anniversary celebration tour. Tickets are £6 and include a drink available from boltonpride.co.uk or The Venue directly.
On Sunday 22nd September Victoria Square will be the hub for the Family Fun Day including family friendly activities from Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and ASDA. The Main Stage will be fully programmed with live entertainment from 11am including headliner, chartopper, Tina Cousins. The Market Place will feature the Hate Crime Awareness hub and the Bolton FM stage. Bolton Pride host a rainbow hunt for families to get involved with including flash prizes and the chance to be entered into a main prize draw.
From 5pm Great Ale in the Vaults will welcome the official camp quiz closing party hosted by Nadia Business. With live music and prizes to win, Bolton Pride welcome guests to bring the festival weekend to a close and celebrate with the team.