Saturday 29 June sees the return of Pride in London with a new focus on community and inclusivity. Michael Salter from London LGBT+ Community Pride talks about what you can expect on the day and why Pride is for everyone
On 18 January, I was delighted to hear that we’d won our bid to run and develop Pride in London for the next five years with a grant of up to £500,000 from the Mayor of London. We’d already had lots of great support from our community, but knew the real graft was about to start. There were just five months to generate further funding, finalise plans and make our vision for Pride in London a reality.
Since then we’ve been busy working with community groups and sponsors and have enlisted a small army of volunteers to help ensure Pride’s a roaring success. I’m delighted to say that as the big day approaches, I believe we will more than deliver on our promise of giving London the Pride it deserves – a truly brilliant, fun, thought-provoking and compelling occasion for all.
As usual, there’ll be a vibrant, high-impact Parade through central London and a showcase in Trafalgar Square. We've also teamed up with Summer Rites for Pride in the Park, a music festival in Shoreditch Park on the big day. Alongside these, will be entertainment and parties across the whole city, as well as a series of cultural, sporting, political, artistic, and faith events in the run up to and after the main event itself.
The theme this year is ‘Love (and Marriage)’ which celebrates not only the achievement of equal marriage for gay people, but also the love and support that exists between the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community and their friends and family. More than anything, Pride is about bringing like-minded people together to celebrate our fantastic and uniquely diverse city – something we can all be proud of. That’s why Pride in London is for everyone.
The main Pride event is on Saturday 29 June. Event timings as follows: Parade 1pm (Baker Street to Trafalgar Square, 2-8pm free entertainment in Trafalgar Square, 2-11pm Summer Rites Pride in the Park, Shoreditch Park.