This weekend thousands of people will flock to the south coast for this year’s Brighton Pride, celebrating equality, diversity and campaigning to elimate discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
Alongside the parade through the centre of the city, a festival will be held in Preston Park across both days of the event.
Brighton Pride attracts two percent of the city’s annual visitors in just one day, around 450,000 people over the entire weekend, and brings in over £20 million for Brighton’s economy.
Here’s everything you need to know about the event.
When is it?
Celebrations start from Friday, with the Pride parade taking place on Saturday, setting off from Hove Gardens at 11am. Pride In The Park takes place from Saturday at 1:30pm, with LoveBN1 Fest on the final day of the event from 1:30pm.
What is this year’s parade route?
This year’s parade takes a different route due to roadworks. Rather than walking past the Royal Pavilion, the parade will now head closer to Brighton Station before heading down North Road and continuing on to Preston Park.
Participants include local community groups and charities, the city’s two universities, the police and fire services, the NHS, trade unions, major brands, and many more.
Who is performing?
At Pride In The Park on Saturday, headliner Kylie Minogue is performing, alongside acts such as Clean Bandit, Fleur East and Björn Again.
Set times for the Main Stage are:
- 13:30 Alice Chater
- 14:30 Zak Abel
- 15:30 Rina Sawayama
- 16:30 Björn Again
- 17:40 Fleur East
- 18:10 Prancing Elites
- 18:45 Clean Bandit
- 19:25 SPECIAL GUEST
- 20:45 Kylie
- 22:15 Finale fireworks
Times for the other stages can be found on Brighton Pride’s website.
At LoveBN1Fest on Sunday, acts such as Jessie J, Grace Jones and Nina Nesbitt will also be performing at Preston Park.
What are the themes of this year’s Pride?
This year, Brighton Pride is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and is putting campaigning at the forefront of the event.
As well as this, Pride has focused on making the event more sustainable, piloting a reusable cup scheme, replacing bottled water with cartons and introducing mixed recycling bins at Pride In The Park.
Brighton Pride has also launched a ‘City Angels’ scheme, to promote a closer working partnership with local businesses.