The whole city is to be lit up this weekend as the country’s biggest pride parade returns to Brighton.
Running from August 5th-7th, there is an expected 300,000 plus crowd to adorn the streets and take part in the annual celebration, this being the first time a public gathering has been possible since the covid pandemic.
The event is considered to be the Brighton and Hove’s singular most popular visitor attraction in the city’s event calendar.
With those 2020 and 2021 events cancelled, Brighton Pride is back aiming to be bigger, better and more inclusive than ever with this year’s spectacle finally marking the delayed 30th anniversary of its inception.
The three-day event kicks off on Friday, with the major events such as the parade, village party and ‘We Are Fabuloso’ all taking place across Saturday and Sunday.
Brighton’s iconic parade on Saturday will kick off at 11am on Hove Lawns on its route to Preston Park, celebrating this years theme of ‘Love, Protest and Unity’.
This theme was selected due to discussions with community groups noting the love for the community standing together, the root of the pride movement within protests and the unity of fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and celebrating the differences that make us stronger until everyone is treated equally.
‘We Are Fabuloso’ takes place at Preston Park where the parade finishes, with Saturday seeing known LGBT+ advocate Christina Aguilera as the headline act, before passing those responsibilities to Paloma Faith for Sunday’s event.
Many other acts and attractions will appear alongside them such as Ella Hendrickson, Todrick Hall, Raye, Bimini, L Devine and Tia Kofi on Saturday, with Jake Shears, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Cat Burns, Bjorn Again and Lyra all performing on the Sunday.
Cabaret and dance tents, a Queer Town event and immersive experiences aimed to make the festival as engaging as possible will also be provided.
The event will run from 12pm until 10:30pm on the Saturday, followed by 1pm to 9:30pm for Sunday’s closing event.
Entry is free for the Community Pride Parade.
However, tickets are still available via the pride-tickets.org website for We Are Fabuloso costing £54.50 for the 6th and £37.50 for the 7th, with the whole weekend entry costing £67.50.
Premium viewing for the event has sold out for Saturday, however, there is current availability at £100 for Sunday or £150 for the whole weekend.
Cost of entry for the Pride Village Party are prices at £27.50, £17.50 and £30 for Saturday, Sunday and the whole weekend respectively.
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