Europe is knee deep in Gay Pride season – hip hip hooray! And one of the best LGBT Pride celebrations that can be found anywhere in the world is in Brighton, the UK’s unofficial gay capital. Book your tickets for the party on Saturday August 1stand have an awesome time – but before you arrive, make sure you swot up on our ten tips to make the most of your experience.
Gay Pride Brighton – Things to know
1. It’s Brighton Pride’s 26th Anniversary!
Yup, before marriage equality, Queer As Folk, and Caitlyn Jenner, Brighton was proudly waving a rainbow flag over the city. This year they are celebrating 26 years of Pride events, so it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!
2. Arrive early for the Parade
Although you might want to lie in bed until noon, save it for next weekend. It’s imperative that you arrive in Brighton in the morning because one of the highlights of the festivities – the Pride Parade – gets going at 11am. Position yourself on King’s Road or the North Pavilion for the best views of all the crazy floats with drag queens, people dressed up in costumes, and local LGBT organisations.
3. Then head to the park
After the parade, waste no time in heading to Preston Park, which is the centre of all the activity for Brighton Pride. You’ll find music acts like Hercules & The Love Affair and The Human League, funfair rides, dance tents, and loads of cute boys, of course.
4. Dress up!
The amazing thing about any Gay Pride event is that it’s a celebration of being whoever you are and whoever you want to be. This means that there are no limits when it comes to how crazily you can dress. Think big and do not be afraid of glitter!
5. Get some sea air on the Pier
One of the highlights of any trip to Brighton is visiting the Pier where you can grab a plate of traditional fish and chips and spin around on a funfair ride. So make sure to take a break from the park to see what’s going on there. It will also be Pride themed with gay goodness aplenty!
6. Gay girls should head to Concorde 2
Pride events exist to celebrate every kind of person within the LGBT spectrum. And gay girls should make their way to Concorde2 from 10:30pm where the official Brighton Pride Gay Girls party is being hosted. Ruby Rose will be spinning the tunes!
7. Party by the sea at Patterns
If you only make it to one of the official Pride parties on Saturday, head to the afternoon party at Brighton’s hippest new destination, Patterns. Make it down in the afternoon and sip drinks on their terrace that overlooks the sea. Plus, there is free entry between 3-9pm.
8. Head to the Cabaret tent for alternative entertainment
Brighton Pride isn’t all about the parade and the amazing headline acts – if you like your entertainment a little left of centre, you should head to the Legends Cabaret Tent where you’ll be able to catch drag shows throughout the day from the likes of Lola Lasagne and Myra Dubois.
9. Get on the bus
Brighton is making it super easy for everybody to get around the major Pride attractions on the day, so you don’t need to have any sense of Brighton’s geography to enjoy Pride to the max. The Route 500 Shuttle Bus will transport merry-makers from Preston Park to the seafront.
10. Everyone is welcome!
If you are reading this and love the sound of Brighton Pride but don’t fall into the LGBT spectrum – don’t worry! Brighton Pride is a totally inclusive event and all supporters of the LGBT community are welcome to join in the fun.
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