Brighton and Hove Pride
Published: Friday 24th Jul 2015
Written by: Abi Radford
Taking place in Brighton over the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August is Gay Pride. Widely recognised as Britain’s biggest and best LGBT+ festival, Pride in Brighton is always very popular and attracts large numbers into the city from the UK and abroad. With this year marking the 25th Anniversary of the festival, it is expected to be more spectacular than ever – definitely an event that should not be missed!
Why is Pride and important event?
Many people may wonder why Pride is so important when huge improvements in equalities in recent years have been made – for example same sex marriages are now legal in 18 countries around the globe. However, the continuation of such an event continues to raise awareness and money for a community that are still not accepted everywhere. In five countries across the globe homosexuality is still punishable by the death penalty. Therefore, the fight is not over but with the continuation of such a great festival – which in the past two years has raised over £107,000 for The Rainbow Fund – hopefully soon everyone everywhere will be accepted no matter what!
When did Pride in Brighton begin?
Surprisingly, the first Gay Pride march in Brighton was held in 1973 – a lot smaller and less colourful than it is today – and this important event has grown significantly since! Originally organised by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front, it has played an important role in changing attitudes and promoting acceptance and equality – teaching people to be proud to be who they are! Jumping from venue to venue in the 1990s, struggling against a homophobic press, and lacking support of the local council, Brighton Pride has endured and has emerged today as the celebration it always hoped to be.
What can I expect from Pride this year?
Brighton Pride will kick off this year at 11am with its annual parade beginning at Hove lawns, and ending at Preston Park. Attracting large numbers onto the streets of Brighton, the parade is a fantastic spectacle with loud music, bright colours, and outrageous costumes! This year the theme is ‘Carnival of Diversity’, and the parade is the perfect stage to showcase the different aspects of the wonderful LGBT+ community.
The Pride party continues long after the parade at various venues across the city – the largest being the Pride festival at Preston Park. Hosting a diverse line up of main stage entertainment such as Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Foxes, and The Freemasons (to name a few), this years’ festival is set to be legendary! The Pride Village party, which takes place in Kemp Town over the weekend, was a new addition to the festival in 2014 and hopes to see as many people celebrating along the seafront as last year!
Pride in Brighton is a fantastic event that not only brings fun, but also an awareness of the fantastic diversity of human beings. Reminding us that we should all be treated equally, Pride is a lesson that should be taught forever. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and see what all the fuss is about next weekend!
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