After the Pride In The Park event had to be cancelled, Cheshire East Pride has gone virtual.
The event was due to return to Queens Park in Crewe this year, but with gatherings still not allowed it has instead gone online.
From 2pm this afternoon (25 July), Virtual Pride 2020 will feature a mix of interviews, music, competitions, performances and information supporting the LGBT+ community.
It has been put together by staff from Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council, along with volunteers, and other partners like the NHS.
Taking place at www.prideinthepark.com, presenters will introduce acts and interviews to an online audience.
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “I’m so happy that we are going ahead with Pride this year, albeit in a very different format than before.
“At this time of national crisis, it’s more important than ever to do whatever we can to lift people’s spirits so I’m really proud of the organising team to have come up with a way of doing just that with Virtual Pride 2020.
“People can rest assured that it’s going to be a fantastic event, and one I hope people from both Cheshire East and from way beyond the borough will strongly support.”
Councillor Marilyn Houston, Cheshire East Council’s member champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “I’m so pleased that we will have the opportunity to watch and listen, laugh and lift our spirits together in the virtual celebration of LGBT+ Pride.
"I can’t wait to sprinkle the glitter, tune in and wave my rainbow flag.”
Pride in the Park will return to Queens Park in Crewe as a live outdoor event on Saturday 19 June, 2021.