Pride Brighton & Hove is the biggest Pride festival in the UK and it has been called one of the best Pride events in the world. The weekend of events and parties at venues all over Britain's LGBTQ capital celebrates diversity, creativity and just plain fun. The climax is a spectacular parade - a really don't miss event - for the whole community. Hundreds of thousands of people take part.
The festival takes place at the beginning of August (August 3 to 5 in 2018), with the parade usually the first Saturday of the month.
Tickets for some of the events and entry forms for the parade are available as early as February.
Here's what you can expect at Brighton & Hove Pride in 2018:
The Annual Pride Community Parade - It's a Carnival of Diversity, taking place on Saturday, August 4 in 2018. More than 300,000 people are expected to turn out for this visually exciting event. In 2018, the theme is Colour My World, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 8-colored rainbow flag and what is stands for. You can find out more about the 2018 theme here. The parade usually sets off at from Hove Lawns 11am and continues through the center of Brighton. The parade route does change from year to year so check the Brighton&Hove Pride website for the latest information.
Pride Festival - If you've already got tickets for the Saturday night Pride Festival, lucky you. Tickets for the festival, headlined by Britney Spears, Pixi Lott, Mabel, MNEK and Louise (aka Louise Redknapp), were sold out by the beginning of June. But sign up for the newsletter because you still might be able to get your hands on returns. Or register to be notified when VIP tickets go on sale. In addition to the top acts, the Saturday night festival will include
LoveBN1Fest - Don't worry if you've missed out on Saturday Night tickets. You can still party on Sunday at this new, family friendly festival, from 1:30 to 9:30 pm in Preston Park. Headliners include Nile Rogers and Chic. Grown up entertainment includes Jess Glynne, Raye, Gabrielle. House Gospel Choir, Rowetta, Arianna and the Rose - described as a "Cosmic fusion of Kate Bush and Robyn." But this one is not just about the grownups. Entertainment for kids will include Baby Loves Disco, Circo Rum Ba Ba, Boogaloo Bingo and Bubble Jo.
Family Pride - The Brighton Pride community emphasizes that this celebration is a family occasion with a sate, alcohol free family area that includes celebrates the diversity of rainbow families. It usually includes live entertainment for kids, circus workshops, and arts and crafts tent, face painting, scavenger hunt, quizzes, competitions and a Rainbow Kids Disco. Children under 12 are admitted free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 21. Older children - to 18 - have to buy tickets but must also be accompanied by a responsible adult over 21. Details on Family Pride are published on the website closer to the events.
Pride Village Party- Saturday and Sunday, the village party takes place along St James Street and Brighton's Seafront Parade. At its center there are community stalls for charities and organizations providing services to the LGBT community as well as market stalls offering all sorts of creative stuff. There will also be bars and clubs along the way. You'll need a ticket and wristband for the village party and some venues will also charge admission. Check out ticket details here - discount combination Festival and Village Party tickets are available.
Changing events - In the week leading up to the main festival, other events - a dog show, exhibitions, diversity games are usually planned. The best way to find out about these is to sign up to the Brighton & Hove Pride mailing list for regular updates.
Brighton & Hove Pride Essentials
- Contact: Limited to a form on their website and a pretty comprehensive FAQ and Help Center page.
- Admission: Entry fees support Pride organization and raise funds for charities that provide services for the community
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