This year was the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride, now the biggest LGBT event in the UK.
To mark the important milestone, and in recognition of the LGBT diverse and inspirational community, the parade theme was "Carnival of diversity". The theme was chosen to encompasses everything that has become iconic about the diverse, creative and open-minded community that makes Brighton internationally famous. The community parade is the cities spectacle of the year and a chance for people to join with others in what is the liveliest, most colourful, uplifting and empowering visual showcase in the city.
Pride’s director Dulcie Weaver had this to say: “The Pride Community Parade perfectly reflects the diversity of the city as organisations, businesses and community groups come together for a truly unique event. It's essential that Pride continues to have campaigning message, so alongside the celebrations Pride will continue to highlight the plight of LGBT communities across the globe that are criminalised and denied the Freedom to Live.”
The parade departs from the seafront promenade, winding its way through the city, finishing in Preston Park, where a huge festival continues till 10pm.
The Festival was a sparkling summer sensation with a star studded line-up of artists, performers, musicians and DJs including The Human League, Fatboy Slim, Hercules and Love Affair, Foxes, Jess Glynne, Seamus Haji, Prok & Fitch, Kelli-Leigh, Tulisa, The Freemasons, Bright Light Bright Light, Blooms and Wayne G joining a array of diverse entertainment and community areas. Add the Wild Fruit Big Top, the Radio Reverb Alternative Performance Stage, Shelia McWattie Women's Performance Stage, the Urban World Dance Tent, bears tent and the many, many more entertainment and community areas and you have a Pride we can all be part of, be proud of and celebrate.
Panti Bliss and Peter Tatchell ensured Pride’s campaign Freedom To Live remained a pivotal part of Brighton Pride’s Main Stage celebrations, reminding everyone as they celebrated how far we still have to go to ensure everyone around the globe has the Freedom To Live regardless of gender or sexuality. Watch the main stage video by Alan Cross here: www.vimeo.com/135090290
Brighton Pride 2015 delivered a day to remember. A day where we all shined bright together. A day where we all shined with Pride.
More info: www.brighton-pride.org