Liverpool Pride 2014
I grew up on the Wirral, and Liverpool is the closest pride to home that I would say we have. Its only been going for 5 years since the death of Michael Causer in the city in 2008, prompted the city to ask itself why it didn’t already have a pride event, when so many other cities already did.
We’ve been to each one since they started, and it had been nice to see each one grow annually, but this year was the first to introduce a ticket charge to get into the areas, and it did have a dramatic effect on the type of people there.
The event is split into two areas (although quite why the armband gave you access to 3 areas is unknown), a location down by the waterfront with a large stage for acts, and n area and local stage down by Mathew Street and the gay bars.
I’m not sure the £9 admission charge was organised that well. On the day I bought 9 tickets, whilst hundreds of people who pre-booked queued to pick their up having paid £8 and a £2.50 ticket booking fee. And there were far fewer people in the areas. Whilst this could be seen as a good thing as it kept out the trouble-makers (none of whom I’ve ever really seen at a pride) the admin fee was touted as being necessary to fund the security for the event. It does make me wonder though who footed the bill for the massive amount of security the free event of the Giants required the weekend before, which must have cost way more, but was still funded free of charge.
I think the charge will remain to gain entry to the event, but I’m hoping that next year they find a way to either reduce the charges or organise them a little bit better.