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|Gay Pride 1: London Gears Up for Mardi Gras
- Thousands expected to turn out for lesbian and gay festival
UP TO 85,000 revellers are expected at Europe's biggest gay and lesbian event, the Mardi Gras, held at Finsbury Park tomorrow.
The festival, which kicks off at 1pm and lasts until 10pm in the evening, is the highlight of the gay and lesbian calender. The gay tourist industry is worth three quarters of a billion to the capital, and organisers hope that its high profile will attract more visitors.
"London is one of the world's great gay cities and has enormous appeal for lesbian and gay visitors," said Sandra Elliot, director of marketing at the London Tourist Board. Gays are known to be frequent and loyal travellers, hence they are a very important market to London - its hotels, shops, bars and theatres."
The festival plays host to the usual bag of popular mainstream acts - this year sees Steps, Mel B, Hear'Say and The Human League as well as appearances by Lisa Stansfield and the newly reformed EMF. DJs Judge Jules and Danny Rampling are also set to appear.