The announcement comes just days after city's gay quarter
suffered two violent hate crimes, but it's hoped the second annual
event will increase tolerance in the former Capital of Culture.
Following a poll on liverpoolpride.co.uk, the theme was selected
above All At Sea, Film Noir and Hollywood Glamour with 46 per cent
of the vote.
Tommy McIlravey, Chair of Liverpool Pride said "We knew last
year's Rainbow Circus would be hard to beat, so many people did us
proud to make the day one of the most colourful in the city's
"The local LGBT community have voted in their droves to give us
another cracker for 2011. The Summer of Love will see an ocean of
hippies, fluoros and flower children flood into Liverpool ready to
paint the town pink on 6 August."
The event has also garnered support from gay footballer Anton
The son of former Liverpool FC player Glenn Hysen said: "Being
born in Liverpool, I've always felt a strong connection to the city
and it's great to hear how much it does for its gay community. I
was shocked to hear of the recent attacks and about what happened
to Michael Causer. I think it's disgraceful that attacks like this
still happen across the world.
"We need to learn from each other and also to teach younger
people how to treat each other with mutual respect despite
different backgrounds, colour, sexual orientation & religion.
I'm very proud to be from Liverpool & I wish everyone a safe
& happy Pride."