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Kitty Powers To Lead London Games Festival 2017 Games Character Parade

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  • Drag queen developer behind Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker to open and close cosplay parade through the centre of London
  • Event takes place on 8 April covering iconic City locations
  • Key closing event for Festival which takes place 30 March to 9 April

The fabulous Kitty Powers, the drag queen game developer behind Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker, will be hosting key moments at the London Games Festival Character Parade on Saturday 8 April.

Powers will be starting the Parade at Guildhall, before joining the assembled cosplayers and games characters at St Paul’s as they head to a catwalk show at Paternoster Square, which Kitty will also host.

“As a Londoner myself and a British game developer, I’m honoured to be representing the London Games Festival 2017,” said Powers, whose game Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker was recently released on console after becoming a hit on mobile.

“I can’t think of a better way to raise awareness of one of our most successful industries, and to bring together video games fans from across the country to show off their talents!”

The Parade is open to cosplayers of any experience level who want to join and is the closing event of the eleven-day Festival of video games and interactive entertainment across the capital. The 8 April event covers a route starting on 1.30pm from Guildhall Yard, a parade down Milk Street to Cheapside and then activity through Festival Gardens and on to the iconic steps of St Paul’s Cathedral at 2pm – before a ‘catwalk’ showcase of the cosplayers and characters in Paternoster Square (2.30pm onwards).

For more details and information on how to register as a parade participant, the timetable for the day or the route of the parade head to www.games.london/parade.

Cosplay (aka ‘costume play’) is a pop culture phenomenon that mixes fashion and fandom, with dedicated and skilled fans of movies, TV, games and an anime creating accurate and eye-catching costumes in tribute to their favourite characters.

The London Games Festival Games Character Parade will focus solely on characters and icons from video games, potentially making it the biggest gathering of its type in the UK. Hundreds are expected to attend as part of the parade or as spectators along the route or at Paternoster Square.

London Games Festival runs from 30 March to 9 April and is organised by Games London, a partnership between the capital’s screen industries agency Film London and games trade body Ukie, supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

The Parade is organised by Games London and supported by the City of London Corporation. The Parade is free to attend but those wishing to participate are required to register in advance at www.games.london/parade.

The London Games Festival Character Parade is just one of 40+ cultural or B2B events across 30 venues during 30 March to 9 April. London Games Festival is responsible for a series of thought-provoking summits and conferences, plus the Games Finance Market welcoming financiers with over £200m to spend on games investors. Other highlights include EGX Rezzed (30 March to 1 April), the unique music concert Dear Esther Live (April 1) and the BAFTA Games Awards (6 April), plus Now Play This at Somerset House (7 April to 9 April).

More information and details on how to buy tickets can be found here.

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