Revelers from across the country and world descended on Preston Park for the final day of Brighton Pride Festival and I was there to soak up the atmosphere as the celebrations drew to a close.
The sound of Abba’s Super Trooper roared through Preston Park as Bjorn Again entertained the crowd, with the tribute act challenging sections of the crowd to sing or chant louder than the rest.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor in a blue sequin number and Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears also wowed the crowd of several thousand.
Sophie got the crowd dancing and cheering with a medley of classic tracks from the early ’00s, while Jake wowed the crowd with some of the band’s most iconic hits.
I took the opportunity between acts to explore some of the other tents scattered around the park, with stunning drag queens at the Polyglamourous dance tent, a DJ set playing 90’s classics and dancing crowds at the Groove Zone Tent .
I also browsed through the various trade stalls selling all sorts of jewellery, flags and other items.
It was then time for Paloma Faith to return to the Brighton Pride stage, having headlined in 2013.
Her name exploded in rainbow-colored letters on screens around the park as she emerged in a red latex outfit.
As she began her set, I couldn’t help but remind myself that it had only been about six months since the park had been used as a testing ground for Covid-19.
Now, around two years into the pandemic, people were queuing up to enjoy themselves rather than finding out if they had been infected and need to self-isolate.
How grateful we all have to be that a piece of normality is returning and that we can all let off steam and have fun again at such events.
To quote Abba, thanks for the music, Brighton Pride – same again next year?
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20608609.paloma-faith-entertains-crowd-final-day-brighton-pride/?ref=rss Paloma Faith entertains the crowd on the final day of Brighton Pride