Out In The City
Brighton Pride 2014
One of the UK's biggest and best-loved Pride festivals is the award-winning Brighton Pride – recently highlighted by US magazine Wire as one of the top Pride festivals in the world! This year's Pride Parade will take place on Saturday 2 August, with the theme this year being 'The World's A Disco'.
An expected 160,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend, with floats and walkers encouraged to celebrate music and dancing from around the globe, from the diversity of disco to the sauciness of salsa. Organisers hope the theme will also reflect on the global political climate for LGBT people – where many people are still denied the right to party or express themselves freely. The parade will kick off on Marine Parade at 11am, and will make its way along the sea front and then up to Preston Park.
It will be followed by the afternoon Pride festival in Preston Park. This year's event will feature performances by X Factor winner, Sam Bailey, Heather Peace, Lucy Spraggan, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Blue, 90s Britpop band Republica and Neon Jungle, among others. There will be the return of the Cabaret Tent, the bear-flavoured Woof tent, the super-size Wild Fruit tent, the Calabash tent, plus much more besides. You can continuing the partying on the streets at the Village Party. For the first time ever, the seafront road, Marine Parade, will be closed to traffic for the event, creating a unique and vibrant gay village for Pride weekend. It will take place from 6pm on Saturday 2nd August with entertainment starting from 8pm after the Preston Park festival, and on Sunday 3rd August between 2pm and 8pm – helping to turn Brighton Pride into a weekend-long party.
Early bird tickets for the Preston Park festivities have now sold out, but, at the time of going to press, advance tickets can still be purchased online for £17.50 – rising to £20 nearer the date of the festival. Full details at www.brighton-pride.org
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Posted: 25 July 2014