London has always looked to Brighton Pride with admiration, and a degree of envy (not least because of the widely divergent financial fortunes of last year’s events). In a little under two weeks, no doubt a large contingent will once again be heading from London to the south coast for Brighton Pride weekend on 3 and 4 August.
The LGBT Community Parade starts at 11am on Saturday 3 August. The parade starts on Madeira Drive (near to Brighton Pier) and then travels along the sea front, through Brighton town centre and then towards Preston Park.
Preston Park is the venue for Pride Icons On The Park from midday. This is a paid-for ticketed event. Tickets are on sale now for £17.50 and will cost more on the day. The “Big Lemon” shuttle bus will run from behind Brighton train station to the park at 10/15 minute intervals from 12:30 to 19:30 (and less frequently at other times during the day).
The main stage features Alison Moyet, MKS (Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan), Stooshe, Lindy Layton, Hazel Dean, Angie Brown and others.
Wild Fruit hosts the main dance tent, featuring DJs Mark Doyle, Seamus Haji, The Freemasons and London favourite Steve Pitron.
Other tents include the Legends Cabaret tent, Calabash tent and Bear’s/Men Zone tent.
Wild Fruit is also hosting the Official Post Pride Party at Shoosh (214 Kings Road Arches) from 9pm on Saturday. Steve Pitron, Guy Williams and Fat Tony occupy the main room, with Severino and Micky Galliano in the “Bears” 2nd room and Big John, Jeffrey Hinton and Patrick Lilley in the Urban room.
Shoosh is also the venue for the official Pride closing party from 10pm on Sunday.
Club Revenge (32-34 Old Steine) is also hosting a series of unofficial events throughout the weekend including a Revenge vs Gaydio warm-up on Friday 2 August and a Icons Of Pride Party on Saturday 3 August, amongst others.
Brighton’s G Scene magazine has the latest news on the goings on in Brighton, including police activity in the run up to Pride.
Finally, on a more mundane practical level, Southern Trains has issued the following travel advisory for those travelling through Brighton station on the Saturday. In London, fortunately all routes to Victoria and Clapham Junction stations seem to be free of engineering works on Pride weekend.