Brighton may not have hosted Eurovision 2023, but make no mistake, it is home to one of the most spectacular pride celebrations on the continent. The parade at Brighton & Hove Pride takes place on the weekend of Saturday, August 5th on the seafront, and proudly wears the theme of LOVE · PROTEST · UNITY on its sleeve.
This LGBTQ+ Community Parade is one of the undisputed highlights of the Brighton & Hove Pride weekend and it is a glorious showcase of the charities, community groups and small businesses as well as invaluable emergency services in the twin cities.
Brighton & Hove Pride
It is the most colourful show in Brighton & Hove’s events calendar, with over 300,000 people thronging the city’s streets to participate in the all-singing, all-dancing carnival of colour as it wends its way from Hove Lawns to Preston Park for Fabuloso — the two day concert at Preston Park which has played host to some of the world’s biggest pop stars including Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Christina Aguilera.
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This year is no exception. Joining the stable of great acts are Mel C, Zara Larsson, Steps, The Black Eyed Peas and Eurovision 2023 star Mae Muller.
Save the date! August 5th is another chance to chant “Da-da-da-da-da-di” whilst bopping to Mae’s Top 10 summertime pop anthem “I Wrote A Song”, and to hear the live version of her follow-up single “Me, Myself and I”.
“I Wrote A Song” — Mae Muller
But that’s not all. There’s a Pride Village Party where entertainment zones, bars and venues, live performances and cabaret, DJs, drag artists, singers, performers and musicians come together for an unforgettable weekend of fundraising celebrations. If you want to hear some DJs spin “Fuego” to “SloMo”, that’s where you want to be. If you want to wind down in an amazing celebratory weekend atmosphere, there’s a special Pride campsite where you can snooze under the stars — affordable but kitted with everything you need, including catering and shower facilities. There’s also a dedicated bus service between the campsite and the city centre throughout the weekend.
Brighton & Hove Pride is a not for profit community interest organisation. All ticket revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, LGBTQ+ Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party, local community grant programmes, the Rainbow Fund and Social Impact Fund.
Have you been to Brighton Pride before? Are you also excited about this year’s lineup? Who are you most looking forward to seeing? Do you want any of the other artists to represent the UK? Let us know in the comments section below.