It really is strange, we have attended many pride events over the years but the colour, anticipated fun and overall enthusiasm never dulls our excitement.
The beach promenade filled steadily with familiar faces and floats decorated in flamboyant designs, features and balloons, and it was nice to see many big companies supporting the parade Smirnoff, Easyjet, MasterCard and Ford were ones that stood out from the crowd. The theme of the parade was the “United Colours Of Pride”… celebrating colour and diversity whilst recognizing the discrimination of LGBT communities around the world.
After all the shenanigans of this years London Pride, the change of Brighton Pride’s management and moving the date forward a month to Saturday 1st September (due to the Olympics), we were not sure of what to expect from this years festival. We were looking forwards to a proper parade and party in the park, and am pleased to say it turned out to be one of the best festivals ever!. The new organizers managed to put on a fantastic event with a friendly fun packed atmosphere and the sun even popping out every now and then.
The park was packed with happy faces and enough entertainment to keep everyone from the hardened festival goer to ﬁrst timers, old and young, satisﬁed all day. Apart from the queues to get into the park and long queues to access the dance tents, we could not fault it. In the cabaret tent (hosted by Lola Lasagne) we where entertained by Miss Jason, Titti La Camp, Dave Lynn and The D.E. Experience. Then after ordering some very tasty curly fries we meandered and mingled around visiting friends in the Revenge pop tent, while all around other things were adding to this special day; line dancing, bear tents, market stalls and the fun fair. Then to finish off the festivities we partied at the main attraction that was the Wild Fruit Dance tent with local DJ's The Freemasons and Fat Boy Slim. I can say that we hardly noticed the non-appearance of Alexander Burke, so it was her loss.
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Brisghton Pride web site: www.PrideBrighton.org