Ru Paul's Drag Race star to headline at new-look Pride Blackpool

Courtney Act to headline at Pride Blackpool
Courtney Act to headline at Pride Blackpool
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Headline act for Pride Blackpool has been announced as Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act.

The Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant will top the bill on the main stage on Saturday, June 9, with support from resort X Factor auditionees Jenny Ball and Johnny Wright, and harmony band The Jerseys.

A spokesman for Pride Blackpool said: “Courtney was a finalist in Ru Paul’s Drag Race season six in 2013. She then went on to compete in season 21 of the UK edition of Celebrity Big Brother in 2018, eventually winning the season.

"Courtney is a global LGBT+ ambassador and we are thrilled and excited to be bringing her to Blackpool this summer.”

More acts are due to be announced very soon.

Earlier this year, Pride pulled the plug on its celebrations at the Winter Gardens, in protest against the planned appearance of controversial preacher Franklin Graham, who opposes LGBT rights.

The summer celebration, on June 9 and 10, will now take place in the open air at Princess Parade, in association with Radio Wave, and at the top of Queen Street in association with The Flying Handbag and Kaos bar.

The theme for this year's Pride weekend is 'The Year of The Woman'. The annual pride parade will begin at The Sandcastle on June 9 at 11am and will finish at North Pier.

Wristbands will go on sale soon.