X Factor runner-up Sam Callahan is set to headline Reading Pride, which takes place this Saturday.

Inspired by the ‘Musicals’ theme, the day starts with a parade through Reading town centre, leaving the Civic Centre at 11.30am and passing through Broad Street and Forbury Gardens before arriving at King’s Meadow for the opening of the festival at 12 noon.

Headline acts on the main stage also include Amanda Wilson of the Freemasons and local favourite Nicolette Street, with the event hosted by The Joes. The main stage starts with local jazz and swing band Funk Lab and includes cabaret favourites Misty Lee, Topping and Butch, Lola Lasagna and Sandra London, as well as Reading’s Wilma Fingadoo who will be hosting throughout the afternoon. There will also be upcoming local talent featured, including Luke Upton – winner of Has Reading Got Talent? 2013.

Other attractions at the festival include a ‘Village Green’ youth and family zone including Disco Dome and other attractions, an extensive marketplace, food and drink outlets, karaoke stage and funfair, as well as a VIP area and Trans picnic area.

This year’s VIP Area has received a makeover in line with the Musicals theme, with red carpet and glitz to be expected with dedicated bar service and food outlet. VIP wristbands are available on the day priced £12 each or in advance priced £10.

Chair of Reading Pride Andrew Adams said: ‘This year has seen significant progress in rights for LGBT+ people in the UK but there is more to be done to build a truly equal society, while in many parts of the world we see people continuing to be persecuted for their sexuality. This year’s Reading Pride will be a great day out for the whole community while showing solidarity for those who are still prevented from expressing their love for one another, wherever they may be’.

The festival runs until 7.00pm. Entry is free and the entire community is welcome.