Pride Brighton & Hove is the biggest Pride festival in the UK. The weekend of events and parties at venues all over Britain's LGBT capital celebrates diversity, creativity and just plain fun. The climax is a spectacular parade - a really don't miss event - for the whole community. In 2015, at least 200,000 people took part.
The festival takes place at the beginning of August (August 5 to 7 in 2016), 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 2016:
Pride Community Parade - Thousands take part and thousands line the route for Brighton Pride's Carnival of Diversity. In 2016 the theme is Uniting the Nations, calling attention to Pride communities around the world including those under pressure in places like Uganda and Russia. The parade usually sets off at 11am from Madeira Drive, next to Brighton Pier and heads along the Kingsway, West Street, North Street, the Old Steine, Marlborough Place, Gloucester Place, London Road and Preston Road, arriving at Preston Park at about 1pm. The parade route does change from year to year so check the Brighton&Hove Pride website for the latest information.
Pride Festival - Preston Park becomes festival central on Saturday, with top acts and a dance tent featuring popular DJs. This is a ticketed event with tickets available online or on the day.
Family Diversity Area - The Brighton Pride community emphasizes that this celebration is a family occasion with a family area in Preston Park that 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.
Pride Village Party- Saturday and Sunday, the village party takes place along St James Street. 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. Tickets for Pride Village are available online or can be purchased on the day.
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
- Admission: Entry fees support Pride organization and raise funds for charities that provide services for the community
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