3 ways to celebrate Brighton Pride this summer

June 19, 2017 / United Kingdom

Brighton has a thriving LGBT+ community, so it’s no surprise that the seaside resort town is home to one of the UK’s largest and most popular Pride festivals. For over 20 years, Brighton has put on a vibrant, colorful festival that has gradually grown into a multi-day celebration of the joy, love, and, of course, the pride that characterizes the international LGBT+ community.

Brighton Pride parade and events

1. Pride Festival

Described by Lonely Planet as “one of the best Pride events in the world,” the Brighton Pride Festival draws visitors from across the UK and around the world. With multiple stages and tents, Brighton’s Pride Festival has something for everyone.

The legendary English pop duo the Pet Shop Boys will headline this year’s Pride Summer of Love Festival, taking the Main Stage on Saturday. Other world-class artists who will be performing include Years & Years, Louisa Johnson, and M.O. The Wild Fruit Dance Tent provides an all-day clubbing experience powered by the latest house music and classic dance favorites. The Legends Cabaret Tent will feature some of the UK’s most talented cabaret stars and drag performers in the “most sequined show on earth.” If you find yourself in need of a break from all of the excitement, you can make your way to the WellBeing Field for some quiet meditation, Reiki, or massage. If you’re looking for something to eat and even more dancing, head to the Pride Pleasure Gardens for a variety of food stalls, bars, club parties.

There is plenty of room for children at Brighton Pride, and the ‘One Family’ Diversity Area is a kid-friendly, alcohol-free area at the center of the festival. The family area honors the diverse families in the LGBT+ community and will feature children’s entertainers, face painting, arts and crafts, games, and dancing. Children and families will also have a chance to create costumes for the Children’s Pride Parade. Children under 10 are free but will still need a ticket to enter Pride Festival.

Before you end your day at the festival, make sure to stop by the Community Village, which organizers view as the true heart of all of the Pride festivities. The Community Village is where you will have the chance to engage with and learn about the many organizations and charities that do the important work of supporting and advancing LGBT+ causes in the UK and around the world.

When: August 4 – 6

Where: Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD

2. Pride Community Parade

Last year’s parade in Brighton broke records with over 300,000 participants and spectators, and this year’s “Carnival of Diversity” promises to be equally as spectacular. The visually stunning parade will include representatives from a variety of community groups, political parties, and faith groups as well as dancers, musicians, and extravagant floats. This joyous celebration of love and diversity is free and fun for all ages. The parade will begin at the Peace Statue near Hove Lawns and continue to Preston Park in Brighton.

When: August 5, 11am

Where: Hove Lawns, Hove BN3 1ED to Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD

3. Pride Dog Show

One of the most popular free Brighton Pride events, the Pride Dog Show in Preston Park is the highlight of Pride Community Day.  The dog show will include traditional breed categories as well as awards in fun novelty categories like Waggiest Tail, Best Fancy Dress, and Most Looks Like its Owner. In addition, there will be a doggy fashion show, retail stalls, and fun for dogs and dog owners alike. Food and drink will be available for purchase in the park, and you can take advantage of the sports, games, and bouncy castle that are part of Pride Community Day.

When: July 30, 11am

Where: Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD

Whether you’re coming from near or far to participate in Brighton Pride, you will be welcomed at this bold, enthusiastic community celebration. LGBT+ individuals and allies alike will be inspired and energized by all of the exciting activities that champion the simple idea that “love wins.”