Pinknic party in the park

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Vickie Priestley
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Vickie Priestley
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Dancing and music will keep the crowds entertained at the Sheffield gay community’s second major event in months.

Weston Park will host Pinknic from noon to 7pm on Sunday, September 15, which will be opened by Lord Mayor, Coun Vickie Priestley – and follows the Pride event at Devonshire Green.

The event has been organised by LGBT Sheffield, a group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Organisers promise an ‘exciting and eclectic line-up’ for the day.

Music starts with an hour-long opening performance by South Yorkshire Police Brass Band.

Easy Dance will give dance exhibitions and there will be opportunities for audience participation in pole dancing, belly dancing and Cuban or Latin American styles.

Side shows include a Bucking Bronco, goal shoot-out, coconut shy, art and craft area, face painting, assault course, children’s rides, live parrots and a tug of war.

Around the Pinknic site will be information and commercial stalls with a wide variety of food and drink available.

Pinknic will launch the previous evening on Saturday, September 14, with a Pink Flirtatious warm-up party at Studio 54 on West Street, which is free, starts at 10 pm and lasts until 3 am.

Visitors to the main Pinknic event at Weston Park are asked to bring whistles for a One-Minute Noise to celebrate the passing of the Equal Marriage Act.

There are still a few stalls available and volunteers are sought for the positions of fundraisers, event steward, event assistant and event control assistant.

A free meal is available for all volunteers.

■ Email for further information about the Pinknic festival.