HUDDERSFIELD'S gay festival should be bigger and better than ever this year.
Organisers predict that this year's Pink Picnic - which starts at noon on Sunday, August 1 - will be the most successful yet.
The festival, held at Castle Hill, has grown from a small gathering 12 years ago to a mini-Mardi Gras.
This year, there will be three marquees, a bar, a karaoke competition and much more.
Organisation for the event has been taken over by officials of the Brunswick Centre, South Street, Halifax, a key provider of sexual health advice and services in Kirklees and Calderdale.
The centre's chief officer, Amanda Page, said: "This is the first year we have sole responsibility for running the Pink Picnic.
"There is not a lot that goes on for the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender communities in this area, so this event is very important.
"They are minority groups and, hopefully, these kinds of events will help people to see that we are all the same."
A free park and ride bus service will be running from Huddersfield town centre's gay pubs, The Greyhound on Manchester Road and Chad's in Brook Street.
Drag queens Priscilla and Gina will be overseeing the festivities and making sure everyone gets involved in making the day one to remember.
Amanda added: "We have been advertising the event in gay bars in places like Manchester.
"We are hoping for a really good turnout.
"If the weather is good we could get as many as 700 people attending.
"There are going to be lots of stalls and a bar. We will also be giving out sexual health advice.
"We have more things going on this year than in the past so, hopefully, it will be the best event yet.
"I am sure the day will be lots of fun for the gay community and their friends and family," said Amanda.