Thousands flock to Brighton for the first Pride in two years

THOUSANDS descended on the city to enjoy a packed Saturday for Brighton Pride.

The streets were packed with crowds, color and noise for the belated 30th anniversary of Brighton Pride, which was delayed due to the pandemic.

The city was in an uproar as people strolled down Queen’s Road from the train station before 10am while vendors hollered and sold their flags and whistles.

One of the main attractions of Pride, the huge parade started at Hove Lawns in the Kingsway with many familiar faces including Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty, Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Hove MP Peter Kyle and the Sussex Police Commissioner , Jo Shiner and many more.

The Argus: People at the Royal Pavilion waiting for the parade. Image by Simon DackPeople at the Royal Pavilion wait for the parade. Image by Simon Dack

The kilometer-long parade began at 11am with hundreds of diverse groups marching in large floats, roller-skating and dancing down the Kings Road.

She turned left up West Street, past the Jubilee Clock Tower, before turning down North Street and past the Royal Pavilion.

Thousands followed him on his slow procession to Preston Park, where the We Are Fabuloso festival was taking place.

Near the pavilion, people could be seen on bus stops, while others lined the streets and even rooftops for the best view indoors.

The Argus: Come up West StreetCome up West Street

Rescue workers were seen all over the city, all painted in Pride colors. Some people held signs that read “No Cops at Pride.”

“Brighton Pride isn’t like anything else – the whole town is taken over by it,” said Brad, who was in Preston Park enjoying the festival.

Emmett and Peter had been soaking up the sun and enjoying the feast.

The Argus: Emmett and PeteEmmett and Peter

When asked who they were looking forward to the most, there was no hesitation.

“Christina, obviously,” Emmett said.

The festival kicked off with drag queen Tia Kofi before Call Me Loop hit the scene, then L Devine, Bimini from 4:45pm, Raye, Todrick Hall, Ella Henderson at 7:45pm and the long-awaited Christina Aguilera at 9: 3pm in front of an ecstatic crowd.

The Argus: People who enjoy Christina AguileraPeople who enjoy Christina Aguilera

Meanwhile, there were also several other genres for people to enjoy, including the Gaydio Dance Tent, which featured lasers, bass, and lots of dancing.

Today the line-up consists of Lyra, Cat Burns, Bjorn Again, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jake Shears and Paloma Faith.

There was also a street festival on St James’ Street in Kemp Town. Thousands flock to Brighton for the first Pride in two years

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