FLAMBOYANT fun was the order of the day at Doncaster’s Keepmoat stadium as thousands of visitors turned out for the town’s fifth annual Pride festival.
The event, which celebrates Doncaster’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, mixed live music and cabaret performances with market stalls, a funfair, children’s activities and displays from South Yorkshire’s police and fire services.
The day began with a Walk of Unity though the town centre, starting at Crystals nightclub and finishing at the stadium, which was hosting Doncaster Pride for the first time.
Previously the party has been held at the market and racecourse, but this year organisers moved the event to the Keepmoat following a rise in visitor numbers.
Throughout the day, tribute acts paid homage to some of the biggest names in music during a packed seven-hour main stage programme, including Katy Perry, Boy George, Pink and Abba lookalike acts.
Former S Club 7 singer Jo O’Meara also appeared to perform some of the pop group’s biggest hits, and visitors had the chance to meet contestants from the BBC Three series Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum, including 19-year-old Ryan Cox, from Doncaster.
There were more than 30 stalls selling everything from costume jewellery and beauty products to handmade chocolates and cupcakes, while a stand was set up offering advice on how to plan civil partnership ceremonies.
Other highlights included fashion shows and dance demonstrations.
Special buses were even laid on to ferry festival-goers from Doncaster Interchange to the Keepmoat and back again.
Funding for the event came from different groups including local businesses, charitable organisations and donations from the public, though for the second year running there was a small entrance fee to secure Pride’s future for next year.
Trevor Jones, chair of Doncaster Pride, said moving to the stadium gave the festival the chance to ‘develop and grow’.