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A TOUCH of Eurovision is set to bring Sunderland to life at the city’s first ever Pride Festival.

Former Eurovision Song Contest hopefuls Scooch will headline the carnival on September 25 with a special “Scooch Do Glee” performance, based on the Glee TV show.

Other acts set to make the event go with a swing are Pink tribute act, I’m So Pink; Girls Aloud tribute, Bears Aloud and Beauty, a male solo singer well known on the Pride Festival circuit.

Local acts will also perform including Envy, a male tribute band to different artists; Missing Linx led by Kimberley Von Brown and Ash Olsen and Liam Olsen.

Preparations are stepping up for the eagerly-anticipated celebration of the city’s lesbian, gay and trans-gender community, which will feature a parade through the city and carnival stalls in Park Lane.

Arnie Taylor from the city’s Pride Festival committee said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing that Scooch are going to perform at the parade, they are definitely going to fly the flag.

“I saw them a few years ago at The Glass Spider and they were brilliant.”

He added: “The parade is only 12 weeks away now and preparations are spot on. We have a lot of fund-raising events going on and have had support from all over the place.”

The parade will start on Burdon Road and walkers will make their way through the centre to Park Lane.

Arnie said: “We want anyone to come and join the parade. It’s open to anyone to have a fun day - gay, straight, whatever you are.”

•The Pride team is looking for volunteers to be Pride Guides which will involve joining the event’s march through the city. Stage hands are also being recruited to help make sure the performances go as they should.

If you think you can be of help, get in touch with the team via Sunderlandpride2011@hotmail.co.uk or call the office on 510 1006.

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