Brighton & Hove Pride, 6th & 7th August 2022
After a two year gap, it was fantastic to see the return of Brighton & Hove Pride for its 30th anniversary outing. Undisputedly one of the biggest and brightest events on the local calendar, the theme for this years Pride celebration was LOVE · PROTEST · UNITY.
The Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade was back too in all its glory, crowds of all ages lining the streets from Hove Lawns to Preston Park as the carnival rolled its way through town. A feast of colour and noise, local community groups, charities and businesses were out in force to show their support, with international representation firmly in the mix too.
Brighton & Hove Pride is operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community organisation. All ticket revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising. Over £936,000 has been raised for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund in the last seven years. The Brighton Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to give grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits good causes giving grants to a range of local groups.
Once the huge parade eventually reached its destination, the party continued in Preston Park with music, fairground rides, cabaret, dance and much more. The stages played host to Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith, Jake Shears, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Todrick Hall, Raye and Björn Again amongst others, and the atmosphere was as hot as the sun.
Huge thanks to all involved and to all the fabulous attendees who made this a very special event. Did we catch you on camera? Check out our gallery of Pride Portraits below…
Brighton & Hove Pride – more information here
Words and photos by Siobhan
8th August 2022