THOUSANDS gathered to watch Christina Aguilera on the first night of Brighton Pride festival. Argus reporter Daniel Green was there to follow the action.
It’s hard to know where to begin to describe the first night of Pride, brought back to life after its long hiatus to mark its 30th anniversary.
Having enjoyed several Pride events in the city over the years, it was truly amazing to see so many people from far and wide make the pilgrimage to Preston Park to celebrate the occasion.
I spotted people from all walks of life scattered throughout the park in a sea of unity – even some furries were there too.
The park’s variety of dance tents offered something for everyone, from the drag queens in the cabaret tent to the DJ sets and bass-dropping tracks in the Gaydio tent.
After a few hours, the crowd of several thousand gathered around the main stage for the start of Todrick Hall’s set. It was a sea of people waving Pride flags and throwing their hands in the air in excitement.
Todrick wowed the audience with a series of quick costume changes and ended his performance with his gay anthem “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels”.
Ella Henderson didn’t disappoint either as the crowd put their hands together to form love hearts, cheered along and sang along to their chart-topping chart-topping artists including Ghost, Glow and Crazy What Love Can Do.
The crowd tightened as Christina’s performance drew closer, and fans chanted her name as they eagerly awaited the star to take the stage.
It wasn’t long before Christina’s screens were showing a short video and montage of various lesbian and gay couples kissing.
“It’s so gay I could die,” said a person next to me in ecstasy.
Then came the woman herself, as bright red lights flared, smoke billowed from the stage, and the word “Dirrty” appeared on large screens around the park. The crowd went wild as the bass vibrated underfoot.
Christina attended her set to protest a recently passed Florida “Don’t Say Gay” law that bans discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms.
As dancers held up banners and the giant screens of the stage beamed the words “Say Gay,” the crowd cheered loudly and began chanting the phrase over and over.
It was a set packed with late ’90s and early ’00s classics and flashy costumes, including a neon green bodysuit with horns sticking out of her chest.
In a glittering finale, several large inflatable balls with the words “Gay” and “You are beautiful” printed on them were hurled into the crowd.
The enthusiastic crowd was showered with confetti one last time. This was an unforgettable night.
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