If you’re not familiar with Pride Hove and Brighton, let me start by explaining that this festival is an annual celebration organised by Brighton Pride, who promote equality and seek to eradicate discrimination against the LGBT community through education. This glittering festival is one of the most popular, most extravagant events in Brighton. Read on and find out when it starts and how you can get involved and get the best out of the Pride weekend.
When is Gay Pride in Brighton?
The most basic question – when is it? This year, the festival is taking place from 3 to 5 August, and there are some big names coming to perform here. The festival is a chance to have fun, enjoy live music, eat and drink, meet new people and generally celebrate diversity, all in an atmosphere of unity.
So what are the key events not to miss?
There are all kinds of events going on during the festival and in the build-up to it. I’ve picked out some of the best.
Pride Dog Show
My first choice is the Pride Dog Show, which will be held on 29 July in Preston Park. I’m a dog lover and this array of pups and pooches, dressed up to reflect the multicultural variety of our city, and judged by industry professionals, is a great laugh. There are even amusing categories such as ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Dog Most Like Owner’! Why not bring your family and your own pooch down to watch or join in? I know I’ll be there.
The Pride Parade
Saturday, 4 August, 11am – Hove Lawns start point
The main event of the weekend is the Pride Parade and the theme for 2018’s march is ‘Colour My World, so you can be sure you’ll see some vibrant floats and outfits.
Promoting a message of unity, the parade will head on from Hove Lawns through the city through to Preston Park. This is a terrific opportunity to see the whole community coming together; not just the LGBTQ community, but the whole city, take part. The floats are amazing, with shows and entertainment along the way, and the colours and the costumes are dazzling. The atmosphere is electric.
If you’re going to watch the parade go by, I’d suggest choosing a location further along the route since the seafront is always so busy and you’ll want to make sure you get a great view. And make sure you wait till the last few floats have gone by and then join in with the spectators who follow the parade along to the park.
Saturday, 4 August 2019 at 12:00 midday, Preston Park
If you haven’t heard already (then where have you been?), the phenomenal Britney Spears is the headline act this year and I cannot wait! Britney is actually starting a summer tour of the UK and has chosen the Pride Festival as the first venue of the tour.
Visitors can look forward to other acts such as Pixie Lott, MNEK and Louise. The festival is set to be huge! For the first time, the organisers have expanded the festival across two days. On the Sunday, the ‘Love BN1 Fest’ takes centre stage. Music legends Nile Rodgers and Chic will be the headline act. This second day of the festival starts at 1.30 pm.
Pride Village Party
Saturday, 4 to Sunday, 5 August 2018, St James’s Street
This annual fundraising event takes places across Kemptown. The seafront is closed to traffic and will be packed with party goers making the most of the entertainment zones and basking in the sunshine.
We’re located just off the entrance point to the party, so you’ll be in a location to get in on the action, but remember you’ll need a pass to get in. The good news is, guests at the New Steine Hotel receive these free, or you can buy them at the entry points on the day.
How can you get involved?
Pride is just a couple of weeks away, but you can purchase your tickets on the official Pride Brighton + Hove website. In fact, the festival is so popular, they organisers are already welcoming applications from people wishing to take part in next year’s celebrations.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Let the festival and the fun begin!