Brighton & Hove City Council: Getting ready to welcome Pride back to the city

July 11, 2022

With a month to go, we at Brighton & Hove City Council are getting ready to welcome back Brighton & Hove’s fantastic Pride celebrations!

Brighton & Hove Pride is one of the city’s largest events, drawing thousands to the city to celebrate and take part in the parade and party.

Saturday, August 6 is the main day of celebrations, with the Pride Community Parade progressing through the city centre, the We Are Fabuloso celebrations in Preston Park and the Pride Village Party (PVP) in St James’s Street.

The We Are Fabuloso Pride Festival and the PVP celebrations continue on Sunday, August 7.

This will be the first full Pride weekend in the city since 2019, and we’re anticipating a very busy weekend.

For anyone unfamiliar with Brighton & Hove Pride, it’s on a huge scale and takes over much of the city centre for the weekend.

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Photo: Chris Jepson

Roads will be closed in the city centre on Saturday for the community parade and for the Pride Village Party on Saturday and Sunday.

Buses will be rerouted and, if you’re travelling by train, please do plan ahead to get here and home again!

Take a look at Pride’s travel advice and information on trains on Govia Thameslink Railway’s Brighton & Hove Pride update. Keep an eye on the Brighton & Hove Buses website for full information on buses over the Pride weekend.

We’ll be publishing full information on road closures in the lead up to the weekend.

What’s happening over Pride weekend

The Pride Community Parade passes through the city centre from 11am – 4pm on the Saturday. The route starts at Hove Lawns and goes through the city centre to end at Preston Park.

As in previous years, the We Are Fabuloso party in Preston Park will be ticketed and runs from 12pm – 10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is a fundraising event for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, which is the central hub for fundraising within the Brighton & Hove LGBTQ+ communities, and distributes grants to local projects which benefit, and make a difference to, the lives of hundreds of individuals within those communities.

The PVP is held in St James’s Street and Marine Parade plus adjoining streets. It’s a ticketed event with entry by wristband.

The PVP takes place from 5 – 11pm on Saturday, with roads closed for wristband checks from 12pm. The Sunday PVP runs from 3 – 9pm.

The Pride box office and wristband collection for PVP will be on Victoria Gardens.

Residents and local businesses based in the PVP area are issued with free wristbands in advance upon proof of residency.

©Chris Jepson. Pride Village Party

Roads will be re-opened as they are cleaned once the barriers are removed. Roads around St James’s Street are due to reopen at 2am on Monday, August 8.

A Pride campsite will be set up at Waterhall, open from 12pm on Friday, August 5 until 9am on Monday, August 8.

Visit the Brighton & Hove Pride website for full detail of what’s planned.

Supporting City Angels

We’re supporting Pride’s City Angels initiative promoting civic pride and a closer working partnership between Brighton & Hove Pride and local retailers, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.

City Angels commit to uphold the Pride City Angel pledge. which includes helping keep business area clean, tidy and litter free and encouraging customers and staff to dispose of their litter responsibly.

It also pledges supporting businesses to be vigilant to hate crime incidents and actively report incidents to police.

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register your interest.

Welcome back Pride

Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “With Pride just one month away, it’s fantastic to welcome back this vital celebration of our city’s identity.

“It’s when Brighton & Hove is at our bubbly, bohemian best as we see visitors return from near and far. As we all make Brighton & Hove proud for the weekend this year we also belatedly celebrate Pride’s 30th birthday.

“Pride still very much stands for continuing the struggle for LGBTQ+ equality and this is aptly reflected in the theme: Love, Protest & Unity. And as hate crimes based on sexuality and anti-trans crimes continue to increase there is still much work to do.

“Of course Pride is also a vital part of the cultural and community calendar and a special moment to celebrate with friends and loved ones.

“For months we’ve been quietly planning alongside Pride and our police, health and transport partners for the return of the main events.

“After a two-year absence, let’s ensure we all are able to enjoy a proud and safe weekend!”

Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Pride, added: “Pride is an important event for our city with visitors coming from across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world to visit Brighton & Hove and the whole of East Sussex, and we are really excited to be back after a two-year break.

“Brighton & Hove City Council are one of our key partners helping to deliver our Pride events that are an essential fundraising mechanism for many of the city’s charities, community groups and projects.

“This year’s parade theme of Love, Protest & Unity will see us continue our commitment to fight for the global rights of the whole LGBTQ+ community whilst celebrating the advances we have made in diversity, inclusion and equality

“Have a fantastic Brighton & Hove Pride.”