Newcastle Pride boosts local economy by £9.2million

Newcastle Pride 2017, one of the UK’s largest LGBT+ festivals, has helped boost the North East’s economy by £9.2million.

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In July, the annual event celebrated its tenth anniversary which was celebrated by more than 73,000 people while a further 650,000 around the world listened live with Pride World Radio.

Organised by regional LGBT charity Northern Pride, festival-goers made the most of 17 satellite events prior to the main weekend, which saw record numbers march through the city in the Pride Parade, and tens of thousands more braving the rain for the free entertainment at the Town Moor.

Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols, Chairman at Northern Pride, said: “Despite the weekend of wet weather, Newcastle Pride 2017 exceeded our expectations in terms of visitor numbers – with a record-breaking 16,000 marching in the parade and more than 50,000 lining the streets in support.

“We are also delighted – and overwhelmed – at the £9.2 million generated across the six weeks of Newcastle Pride, and hope it proved a great boost to the accommodation providers – who booked 6,200 overnight guests, as well as the leisure and travel outlets, who help cater to the huge influx of visitors Pride brings each year.” 

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