This weekend the great and the good will be arriving in our favourite seaside town for what promises to be the biggest and best Brighton Pride yet. There’s the Parade, the Park, the Pleasure Gardens, the After Parties and so much more… did we mention The Pet Shop Boys and Years and years? Here’s some of the highlights of this amazing weekend.
Saturday 5 August from 11am
The annual Pride Community Parade is a gorgeous and colourful moving party that electrifies and unites the streets of Brighton in a glorious visual event. The Parade, with its Summer of Love – Carnival of Diversity theme features stunning floats, bands, dancers and a vibrant selection of costumes of every kind. Starting at 11am from Hove Lawns by the seafront, it makes its way through the town centre to Preston Park. Watching the Parade is without doubt the best way to start your day in Brighton.
Pride Festival in Preston Park
Saturday 5 August from midday
The Pride Festival in Preston Park is the spectacular heart and soul of Brighton Pride when thousands of LGBT+ people come together to celebrate the diversity of our lives. It’s a massive fun day out with pretty much everything you could want for a Summer of Love.
The main stage has an incredible line-up including the Pet Shop Boys with their full Super show and mega hot band Years & Years. Plus you also get Louisa Johnson, Becky Hill, M.O, Fickle Friends, KStewart and more. If dancing is your thing then there’s the incredible Wild Fruit Big Top with DJ legend David Morales and house music superstar Jocelyn Brown joining Rozalla, Angie Brown and a fantastic DJ line-up or check out the Urban World Dance Tent featuring the best in R&B, hip hop, dancehall, afrobeats, bollywood and bhangra with an amazing DJ line-up.
The Legends Cabaret Tent is one of the most popular parts of the park and once again Lola Lasagne has pulled together an incredible list of acts starting at 2pm. This year you get Mrs Moore, Dave Lynn, Martha D’Arthur, Son of a Tutu, Rose Garden, Mary Mac, CK, the DE Experience and many more.
There’s also the Bears and Men’s Tent with a host of your favourite DJs including Paul Coals, Matt Bogart, Rob C and more. The Sheila McWattie Woman’s Performance Stage, The Girls Dance Tent, the Trans Tent, the One Family Diversity Area, the Community Village and the Well Being Field. Plus the fair ground, food stalls, bars and of course thousands of happy smiling faces.
The Pride Pleasure Gardens
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August
The Pride Pleasure Gardens are smack bang in the middle of Brighton located on Old Steine and in Victoria Gardens and starts on Friday night at 6pm. This hugely popular area is transformed into its own magical world for the Pride weekend and feature live performances, DJs, bands and all manner of queer camp fun. Highlights include on Friday Lucy Spraggan and S Club Party, on Saturday the fun starts at midday and includes Lorraine Bowen and craziness from Sink the Pink. Sunday starts at 1.30pm with line dancing and you also get performances from the Family Fierce, Mzz Kimberly and Sex Shells plus the Brut Beefy Tea Dance in Club Tropicana. Many of the events are free to Pride Festival wristband holders, check the website for more information. There’s also the Pride Village Party which happens on both Saturday and Sunday on St James Street.
The After Parties
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August
If you’ve had a brilliant time in the Park or at the Pleasure Gardens then what could be better than carrying on the celebrations at one of the amazing official after parties. There’s a wide range to chose from including on Saturday Horse Meat Disco at Patterns from 10pm with DJs Severino, Luke Howard, Fat Tony, Paul Heron, Jeffery Hinton and Freddie Dimanche. There’s the Pride Beach Party at Ohso Social with DJ superstar and local boy Seamus Haji with guests Chris Pullin and Lady Lola. Sink The Pink at Club Tropicana is from 10pm and will feature everything you expect from this extraordinary team. On Sunday you get the legendary Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion at Patterns at 3pm which is as much a part of Brighton Pride as the Parade or Park plus there’s also Once Upon a Dancefloor at Ohso Social from 5pm with a great selection of house classics. You can get tickets for all these parties at the website.