In The South

First Pride for Eastbourne

Besi Besemar January 12, 2017

Eastbourne to celebrate its very first Pride with a Mardi Gras style, family friendly parade and park event on Saturday, July 22 at Princess Park.

Organisers say there will be a main stage with live entertainment, a dance tent with DJs playing all day and community stalls for local groups, organisations, statutory bodies and businesses.

The day will start with a parade along the seafront heading into Princess Park, which is located between Eastbourne Pier and the Sovereign Harbour Marina.

Ms Gallacher chairperson of the Bourne Out LGBT social group, one of the main organisations involved said: “This is going to be a first for Eastbourne, and this will be a real celebration of equality, diversity and families.

“We have tremendous support for this locally and it is an event that will grow and grow, I have no doubt about that. We must break down barriers of hate and homophobia.”

Brett McLean from the Eastbourne Federation of Small Businesses, said the event “will undoubtedly boost tourism locally” and warned organisers of Brighton Pride to “watch out!”

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On Saturday February 4 Bourne Out will hold a fundraiser from 8pm – midnight to benefit Eastbourne Pride at the Cumberland Hotel, 34-36 Grand Parade Eastbourne, BN21 3YT. Entry is £5 and all profits will go to help stage Eastbourne Pride.