Local people and organisations will be coming together in a rainbow of activities to celebrate Northampton Pride, in the UK and USA.

Taking place on Saturday, 5 May, Northampton Pride will be celebrated in Northampton, UK and Northampton, Massachusetts, with a video link up planned to unite the two events.

A flag raising ceremony at 2pm in front of the Guildhall, will help get activities started in Northampton. The Mayor of Northampton, Cllr Gareth Eales, will be joined by Cllr Anna King and Matthew Toresen, the LGBTQ Forum Co-Chair, as the LGBTQ flag is raised along with the flag of Northampton, Massachusetts.

People will then be encouraged to enjoy an art exhibition titled ‘A manipulation of terms’ at the NN Contemporary Art Gallery, which explores gender transition. In addition, they can enjoy entertainment whilst finding out more about local support organisations at information event at Phipps Brewery.

The live video link up with the Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts, at 5.30pm in Phipps Brewery, will help to step the celebrations up a gear, ready for the evening of entertainment.

Stage performances will begin at 6pm with Roses and Pirates, then continue into the night with Amii Dawes and DJ Panda.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are really proud to be hosting our first Northampton Pride event this year.

“The celebrations taking place provide something for everyone, from exhibitions to information and music entertainment. We look forward to welcoming people to our events to celebrate our town’s diversity.”

Cllr Gareth Eales, The Mayor of Northampton, said: “I found out about Northampton’s Massachusetts’ plans for celebrating Pride during my visit to the town back in February. It felt like a great opportunity for the two towns to do something unique together by joining our celebrations of diversity.

“Our twinned town of Marburg in Germany will also be raising a Northampton flag and the rainbow pride flag outside their town hall on the day, making this a truly international event.”

Updates about the event and planned entertainment can be found at on Northampton Borough Council’s Facebook page @NorthamptonBC