If you’re proud of your city and your identity, then grab a diary and make note, as the famous London Pride (not to be mistaken with the beer brand!) will be returning to the capital from the 10th – 26th June. Attracting thousands of campaigners from across the globe, the event celebrates the LGBT community through a variety of exciting activities and celebrity faces, embracing individual identity and the right to be unique.
At ABC Selfstore, we don’t believe that there is anything more enjoyable than a large scale celebration, especially when it’s in the name of charity! So not to miss a single moment of (arguably) the biggest cultural event in the UK, we’ve collated a few of the highlights happening during the three week period that is well under-way…
It all kicked off on the 10th June, this three week celebration has a truly colourful and diverse event with accessibility provided for all, including wheelchair recharging points, resources for assistance dogs and British Sign Language Interpreters, ensuring the event is inclusive to every Pride supporter.
The “We R” exhibition will be hosting an opening event at 6pm on the 23 rd June. “We R” is a collection of art work which celebrates the right to be different and challenges preconceived ideas of equality, delving into the future of the LGBT community and embracing all forms of identity. With work from Santiago Alcón, Sally Jones, Ronald Hernandez and Mia Wilkinson being showcased, as well as free admission, this is not an event to be missed.
For the main event, Pride in London will be parading down the capital’s streets on the 25th June with some spectacular performers and organisations guaranteed to attend. Spectators are invited to mark the occasion by joining the expected crowd, before joining the parade once the spectator barriers are removed.
Pride’s musical entertainment will be hosted at Trafalgar with an incredible line up and will also take place on the 25th June. Last year saw the likes of Rebecca Ferguson and a Beyonce tribute act take to the stage for a day of entertainment, so here at ABC, we’re confident that this year’s line up won’t disappoint.
Open to all ages, with food, drink and charity stalls available, the event requests a £3 admission fee, which of course, goes to charity. The party continues the next day with Pride in the Park beginning at 1pm, at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. With sports events, dog shows, music, performances and a selection of food and drink, it is the perfect end to a month of Pride.
Whether you’re a London resident or live further afield, Pride in London is definitely worth the journey down to the city and its vibrancy leaves spectators amazed. It’s an incredible way to support the LGBT community and UK diversity and, once it’s over, we don’t doubt that you’ll be yearning for next year’s celebrations.