Brighton Pride – events, parade route and set times

BRIGHTON and Hove will welcome thousands of people to the grand return of its Pride celebrations.

Brighton Pride is celebrating its belated 30th anniversary as an annual event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s celebrations, including all the events, how to get around town and what not to bring to the festival in Preston Park.

The celebrations begin today

Celebrations begin later in the afternoon with the opening of the ‘Pride Campground’, which will see campers and tents set up on a special site in Withdean.

An official Pride Party at Ironworks Studios near Brighton Train Station will kick off the celebration weekend; featuring live songs and drag performances by Anubis Finch, Glew and Brent Would, the star of Brighton’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Community groups and businesses celebrate at the Pride March

The Argus: Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line city streets for the return of the Pride community paradeHundreds of thousands of people are expected to line city streets for the return of the Pride community parade

Tomorrow, thousands of people will take to the streets to celebrate diversity and inclusion and demand equal rights for LGBTQ+ people at a community parade across the city.

The Love, Protest and Unity themed parade starts at 11am from Hove Lawns before walking along the seafront, passing the i360 before heading up West Street and through North Street.

The parade passes the Royal Pavilion, Victoria Gardens and St Peter’s Church and along London Road towards Preston Park.

The Argos:

One of the largest and brightest events on the city’s calendar, over 300,000 people are expected to line the streets to attend and watch the parade of community and campaign groups.

Businesses and residents along the parade route have already prepared to celebrate in style, with Pride flags being raised from windows across the city.

Christina Aguilera to Headline Preston Park Pride Festival

The Argus: Christina Aguilera will perform at the Pride Festival on SaturdayChristina Aguilera will perform at the Pride Festival on Saturday

Tomorrow afternoon also sees the return of a two-day festival in Preston Park, described as one of the country’s most popular LGBTQ+ events.

The We Are Fabuloso festival features world-class artists including Christina Aguilera, Ella Henderson and Todrick Hall, with Paloma Faith starring on the second day of Sunday’s event.

Stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Tia Kofi and Bimini will perform on the park’s main stage on Saturday at 3pm and 4:45pm respectively, with Todrick Hall at 6:45pm, Ella Henderson at 7:45pm and Christina Aguilera at 9:15 p.m.

On Sunday, Sophie Ellie-Bextor will perform at 5.15pm, followed by Jake Shears at 6.30pm, with headlining Paloma Faith at 8pm.

Over 100 LGBTQ+ artists will be featured on the park’s various stages with common areas and rides.

Kemp Town welcomes return of ‘village party’

At the weekend, businesses also converge on St James’s Street and Marine Parade in Kemp Town to celebrate Pride in a ‘village party’, with gay bars and nightclubs among those raising money for the Brighton Rainbow Fund and the Pride Social Impact Fund collect.

Proud beach clean

Pride organizers are also encouraging partygoers to sign up for the event’s second Big Pride Beach Clean alongside campaign group Surfers Against Sewage.

Volunteers who complete a full session on Sunday morning at either of the two locations near Shelter Hall and on the beach east of Palace Pier can receive a free ticket to the afternoon’s Preston Park Festival as a thank you for their hard work.

How to get around town this weekend

Roads across the city are to be closed this weekend and visitors are being urged to arrive on foot or by public transport.

At the weekend, trains do not stop at Preston Park, the closest station to the Pride festival, as London Road station is closed all day on Saturday.

Additional services operate using longer trains on the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express routes to and from Brighton to transport people safely, with a colour-coded queuing system to guide people out of the city.

Bus services are already being diverted today as the city prepares for a weekend of celebrations, with Brighton and Hove Buses urging passengers to inquire before traveling as services have changed widely over the weekend.

Prohibited items at Pride events

A number of items are banned from the Preston Park festival and other Pride events this weekend, including backpacks larger than A4, psychoactive substances, drones, water pistols, Chinese lanterns and torches.

Brighton and Hove Pride began with a demonstration by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front in October 1972, with a full Pride march in July 1973. However, it was not until 1991 that Pride became an annual event in the city with a weekend of events promoting LGBTQ+ equality -Challenge people.

Brighton Pride has raised over £936,000 over the past seven years for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.—events-parade-route-set-times/?ref=rss Brighton Pride – events, parade route and set times

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