A comprehensive guide to Brighton Pride 2019

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With just a week to go until Brighton Pride, only a few days remain to buy your glitter, prepare your outfit and get yourself ready for a spectacular weekend!

 

 

What to expect

Widely acknowledged as the country’s most popular Pride event, expect the streets to packed with people and alive with colour. Brighton Pride’s sole ethos is to promote tolerance and diversity and support local charities and good causes. The festival attracts a diverse demographic audience from across the globe and is the most popular visitor attraction in Brighton’s event calendar.

The 2019 Pride theme is ‘Generations of Love – Celebrating 50 years of campaigning with Pride’. The theme commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in New York that ignited the Pride movement, while also recognizing the ongoing campaigning work for equal rights.

So far, the weather is looking sunny and warm with highs of 23 degrees Celsius across the weekend and a low chance of rain. However, as we all know this is ever subject to change.

Planning your trip 

If you are coming from outside of the city, make sure to plan your route well in advance. There is often high levels on congestion with such large volumes of people coming into the city. For information about road closures, please click here.

GTR, which runs with southern rail, has announced plans to run extra services over Pride weekend to avoid a repeat of last year’s chaos. Some trains have also been given a rainbow makeover as a symbol of support and to show that everyone is welcome on such services.

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The vast majority of Brighton’s hotels and Air BnB’s are now fully booked over pride weekend. However, there are still camping plots available, which you can purchase here.

What’s on 

Across the weekend (2nd-4th August) there will be a huge variety of things to see and do. Below are some of the most popular must-see events, which still have tickets remaining!

PRIDE PARADE

The Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade is one of the undisputed highlights of the Brighton Pride weekend. It’s one of the biggest and brightest events on the calendar for the weekend which sees charities, community groups and small businesses come together to sing and dance down the streets. Find a spot on the packed pavements and watch the performance go by. Remember to bring your whistles!

Where: The parade starts at Hove Lawns, making its way through the streets to Preston Park where the main Pride festival is held. 

When: Saturday 3rd August, 11:00-???

PRIDE IN THE PARK 

This year’s Pride in the Park promises a dazzling display of talent featuring Kylie Minogue as the headline artist. Preston Park will be transformed into a paradisaical playground of performance and dance tents & performance stages, a community village, and a huge variety of the finest food and drink options to keep you fueled throughout the day. There are a handful of tickets left which you can purchase here.

Where: Preston Park 

When: Saturday 3rd August

LOVE BN1 FEST

This Sunday festival promises to celebrate everything Brighton and Hove and bring all of Brighton’s communities and Rainbow families together for an afternoon of fun in the park. Featuring main stage artists, loads of family friendly entertainment, circus skills, performance artists, cabaret, dance tents, street food, an accessibly tent and a WellBeing area and much more. Children under 12 go FREE but will require a child ticket from the ticketshop. You can purchase adult tickets here.

Where: Preston Park

When: Sunday 4th August, 13:30 – 21:30 (last entry 19.30)

PRIDE VILLAGE PARTY 

The Pride Village Party in Kemptown is one of the most popular events of the weekend. St James St & Marine parade come together to provide the perfect location for a buzzing street party. This year, the event is promised to have entertainment zones, bars and venues, live performances and cabaret, DJs, drag artists, singers, performers and musicians all coming together to create an unforgettable weekend of fundraising celebrations.

Where: St James’s Street & Marine Parade

When: Saturday 3rd August, 18:00-12:00AM and Sunday 4th August, 15:00-21:00

PRIDE PLEASURE GARDENS

The Pride Pleasure Gardens will see the Old Steine transformed into a unique Pride experience for three days and nights, with celebrations kicking off on Friday evening. The venue promises a weekend of fierce fun, saucy wonders, camp pop, stunning cabaret, sensational live performances, cool DJs and hot clubbing. A whole weekend of entertainment and free entry! *selected events inside the venues are ticketed

Where: Old Steine 

When: All weekend! (Friday 2nd August – Sunday 4th August)

PRIDE DOG SHOW

The annual canine highlight will see a dog show, featuring numerous categories, retail stalls and a glamorous catwalk doggy fashion show, bar and refreshments. A day of fun and barking frolics where dogs and dog lovers come together under the sunshine of Pride weekend. Entries for this years show have now closed – but you can enter on the day from 11AM.

Where: Preston Park

When: Sunday 7th July 2019, 12:00-17:00

AFTER PARTIES 

If you’re not quite finished yet, you can continue partying until the early hours of the morning in one of Brighton’s seafront clubs. Head down to the waterfront for a night packed full of good times and good tunes so you can dance the night away.

Saturday night will see a huge variety of talent across the city, including Mella D @ Concorde 2, Honey Dijon @ The Arch and Horse Meat Disco @ Patterns to name just a few.

 

Whatever takes your fancy, Brighton Pride 2019 promises a weekend packed with smiles, sunshine and good times. Don’t miss it!

Featured image: © Wikipedia

 

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