Brighton Pride celebrates its 25th anniversary with a “Carnival Of Diversity” on Saturday 1 August 2015

Brighton Pier August 2013

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pride celebrates its 25th anniversary this year on Saturday 1 August under the banner of a “Carnival Of Diversity” with the traditional parade through the city and festival in Preston Park and official Pride parties.

Here’s a quick run through of official events over the weekend:

Final release tickets for the Preston Park Pride Festival are now on sale. Also on sale are joint tickets for the “Pride Village”. As always, the parade itself along the sea front is free of charge.

The Pride Parade – Saturday 1 August

The Pride Parade will take a slightly different route to previous years. It will start at 11am at Hove Lawns, near the sea front. It will then proceed along King’s Road, to make its way north up West Street, then right along North Street and up London Road before ending at Preston Park.

Pride Village – Saturday 1 August

Once again, the “Pride Village” will be a contained area for access to the bars near the sea front between Marine Parade, St James Street and interconnecting streets with entry by way of paid for wristbands. This was introduced for the first time last year after “issues” in previous years.

Preston Park Pride Festival – Saturday 1 August

The Preston Park Pride Festival runs from midday to 10pm.

Ella Henderson, The Human League, Miss Dynamite, Tulisa and Hercules & Love Affair are some of the names confirmed for the main stage.

Brighton resident Norman “Fatboy Slim” Cook will be headlining the capacious Wild Fruit dance tent. Also performing are Wayne G, The Freemasons, Maze and Masters and Seamus Haji. London’s Sink The Pink will join Fatboy Slim for the finale.

Other tents include the Women’s dance tent and Men’s Zone dance tent. Stages include the Sheila McWattie Women’s Performance Stage and Radio Reverb Alternative Music Stage.

The Pride festival will have something to please everyone, but a tolerance for queues, large crowds and attendees in various states of intoxication is required.

We would advise not relying on buying tickets on the day as queues are likely to be significant.

Official Pride Party – Pride On The Pier – Friday 31 July

Enjoy unlimited access to the many rides on Brighton’s famous pier (as pictured above!) from 6pm on Friday with a Pride on the Pier wristband (access the pier itself is free). Dedicated Pride cabaret and karaoke zones will also be available.

£15 advance tickets are on sale now.

Official Post Pride Party – Wild Fruit feat. Wayne G at Patterns – Saturday 1 August

Wild Fruit host the official post-Pride party on the Brighton sea front at Patterns Brighton (10 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL) from 10pm to 5am. DJs include Paul Heron, Seamus Haji, Fat Tony, Paul Coals, and Kate Wildblood.

Advance tickets are on sale now.

Official Pride Party – The Freemasons at Ohso Social – Saturday 1 August

The Freemasons host an official post Pride party on Brighton beach from 9pm to 4am at Ohso Social (250a King’s Road, BN1 1NB).

Advance tickets are on sale now.

Official Pride Party – Brut After Hours – Sunday 2 August

London’s fledging Brut makes its debut in Brighton with an after hours party at The Arch from 4am Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Advance tickets are on sale now.

Official Pride Party – Summer Sundae Pride Reunion – Sunday 2 August

A regular fixture of Pride weekend, the Summer Sundae Pride Reunion, returns to Patterns Brighton (10 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL) from 3pm until late.

Official Pride Party – Room Service at Shoosh – Sunday 2 August

Jodie Harsh’s Room Service has been all over the world but has never ventured south to Brighton. Until now. Those perfectly airbrushed & Veet treated washboard abs will be on display at Shooshh (214 King’s Road Arches, BN1 1NB) from 11pm on Sunday.

Advance tickets are on sale now.

Legends Hotel – Pride Weekend

Legends Hotel (31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton) will be hosting Pride terrace parties across the weekend.

Club Revenge – Pride Weekend

Revenge (32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL) is hosting parties across the weekend with a Pride opening party on Thursday 30 July, Popartz vs Clique on Friday 31 August and an all day/night party from 2pm tp 7am on Saturday 1 August. Tickets for all events are on sale now.

Duckie – Gay Shame “Border Force” – Saturday 1 August

Duckie will also once again take its “Gay Shame” party to Brighton for Pride Weekend. “Border Force” will be at the Brighton Dome, Church Street, BN1 from 9pm on Saturday 1 August.

Media Coverage

Brighton’s GScene magazine will have news coverage up to the weekend. Local residents will also be able to watch news coverage on Latest TV (Freeview Channel 8).

Practical Information

For those travelling from London to Brighton for the day the first direct trains back to London from Brighton on Sunday morning are the 05:36 to London Blackfriars and 06:13 to London Victoria.

Queuing and crowd-control measures are likely to be in place at Brighton station for those returning to London in the evening.  Preston Park station will be closed as a crowd control measure and guidance has been published by Southern Trains.

Finally, as alluded to above, although Pride is a hugely popular event, not everyone in Brighton welcomes it with open arms. Brighton is often dubbed “London On Sea”, but in many respects it isn’t (at least not the W1 bubble). To be blunt, Brighton is the only Pride event where we’ve seen fights break out! (Hence the enclosed Pride village.) Also, many locals will join in Pride events, but not in the spirit they were intended for. Expectations should be managed and awareness of your surroundings maintained.

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