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Source: City of Sunderland

The annual event is a celebration of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LGBT) diversity in the city.

Sunderland Pride 2019 is in Sunniside between noon and 6pm with a parade setting of at noon from Park Lane.

It follows a route across the city, finishing in Sunniside Gardens with the carnival from 1pm.

Sunniside is hosting live entertainment and stalls, with city centre restaurants and bars open for business, and rainbow street decorations at the event. Landmarks including Penshaw Monument, Northern Spire, Cliffe Park Lighthouse, Fulwell Mill and Keel Square lit in rainbow colours over the weekend.

The rainbow flag is flying at the Civic Centre throughout the weekend. This year the council has arranged for rainbow pedestrian-style crossings to be laid around Sunniside Gardens.

This year marks 50 years of Stonewall, the LGBT charity that has made huge advancements for the community. Earlier this year, the City Council was ranked 76th in the Stonewall Equality Index list of most LGBT inclusive employees.

Sunderland City Council will be represented at the Pride parade by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon and Councillor Dianne Snowdon, and the Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Diversity Champion, Councillor Michael Mordey.

Members of the council’s Supporting Equality Network will be present with a stall at the street carnival for the third consecutive year. They are promoting a range of equality, health and wellness materials and providing information and advice.

Councillor Mordey said: “”Every Pride day is filled with positivity and is a true celebration of the LGBT community. We must continue to promote equality, celebrate diversity and share experiences within and beyond our communities.

“It is great to see such a positive event taking place in our city and I am sure it will be a great day out for everyone involved.”

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