X FACTOR finalist Amelia Lily has been confirmed as the headliner for the first Chester Pride festival.
She will be performing live on the free main festival stage in Town Hall Square on Saturday, October 5.
Chester Pride is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and of diversity in the area.
Live entertainment will begin at 2pm and there will be performances from 12 acts including another X Factor finalist, Chris Maloney.
Lady GaGa and Pink tribute act Vicky Jackson, burlesque group Beguiled and Chester acoustic duo Me and Deboe will also be performing.
Michael Jackson dancers, drag superstars the Viaduct Starlets, Kameelion and up and coming Canadian artist Stacy Jackson are also on the bill.
Lord Mayor of Chester Jill Houlbrook will make a speech of thanks during the festival.
She said: “I am really excited to be part of Chester Pride festival and thrilled to have been asked to be part of the celebrations.
“I am sure the day will also be enjoyed by the hundreds of spectators who will help make this event a success.”
There will be an outside market and art space run by Funky Aardvark and in Chester Town Hall there will be a lifestyle area featuring public and voluntary sector organisations and community groups.
Cllr Razia Daniels, equality and diversity champion for Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I would like to commend the Lions Pride partnership team for its commitment, and hard work over the last few years holding successful events that culminated in this year’s pride.
“I know a great deal of planning has taken place to create a memorable day for the city and I would urge everyone to come along and join in the fun.”
Sarah Deboe, one half of Me and Deboe, said: “It is a pleasure to be asked to play.
We played a charity event a few months ago and the mayoress and the LGBT team were there and that is why they asked us.
“It is not just a case of it being gay pride it is adding anther piece of diverse culture for the city. Chester needs it.
“Every city seems to have one of these events now because people think it is time to be more open and celebrate diversity.
“It is a huge event for lots of cities and I think it is time Chester jumped on the bandwagon.”
Celebrations will continue into the evening with parties in the Liverpool Arms, Rosie’s, B6T9, the Queen’s Head, The Victoria and The Commercial.
Partnership group Lions Pride LGBT Network are organising Chester Pride and sponsors include Cheshire West and Chester Council, University of Chester, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Body Positive Cheshire and North Wales, Mecca Bingo, Plus Dane and Mad Hatters Tea Rooms.