It’s FRIDAY people, so here’s a post about this weekend’s Pride in London!
Recent years’ Pride events in the capital received strong criticism for becoming too commercial, forgetting their community roots and in the case of WorldPride 2012 “financial irregularities” that lead to the near complete collapse of the whole festival – most of the entertainment, events and street-licenses were cancelled leading to one of the most disappointing Pride festivals in recent memory.
But this year Pride in London is reborn. Under the new stewardship of a new Community Interest Company, London LGBT+ Community Pride, this year’s Pride festival is due to be bigger and better than ever.
The mission of London LGBT+ Community Pride is simple and threefold:
- Be fully inclusive of all sections of the LGBT+ community, free at the point of access
- Provide a celebration of LGBT+ life and a platform to continue the fight for equality and to challenge prejudice
- Grow over time in a sustainable way which is led by the LGBT+ community
Pride in London this year also incorporates UK Black Pride for the first time in many years, a chance for the UK’s capital to really show how diverse and accepting it can be. The theme for this year’s festival, like many other Prides up and down the country is ‘Equal Love & Marriage’ – which has never been more fitting than it has been this year as the House of Commons and the House of Lords debate the marriage equality bill.
The main parade kicks off at 13:00 from Baker Street where it will then head to Oxford Street. along Regent Street and then at Piccadilly Circus will turn into Haymarket, into Trafalgar Square before dispersing along Whitehall. With over 150 groups taking part in this year’s parade it’s tipped to be the biggest and most colourful yet.
I’ll be riding the National AIDS Trust’s HIV Activist float, so make sure to give me a wave!
Have a great weekend all,