TODAY: Traditional Easter Bonnet Parade to raise money for Rainbow Fund

Besi Besemar April 21, 2019

The Bedford Tavern and Grosvenor Bar will once again host Brighton’s annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Drag Races today, Easter Sunday (April 21).

The fun packed day kicks off at noon when Western Street will be closed to traffic and the street party begins.

The traditional Easter Bonnet Parade commences at 2pm where everyone, young and old is encouraged to create a fabulous Easter hat to parade down Western Street before being judged and prizes awarded.

Following on from the parade are the now infamous Drag Races. A gaggle of Drag Queens and Drag Kings will compete against one another in a series of races throughout the afternoon before the final races will see the overall winners being crowned.

To keep things interesting ‘bets’ can be placed throughout the day and should your runner win the final race you can win one of the amazing prizes on offer.

JB’s piano sing-a-long at 5pm leads on to the carnage of The Bedford’s weekly dose of Piano Bingo followed by a fun-filled evening of cabaret.

This fantastic (rather bonkers) community event brings people together raising much-needed funds for The Rainbow Fund, a charity who give grants to local LGBT/HIV groups providing effective services to LGBT+ people in the city.

Registration is now open for Drag Race runners. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to take part. Contact Adam at The Bedford on facebook to take part in the races or email: