Gay Pride London (officially Pride in London), attracts one of the most diverse crowds in Europe and provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBTQ community to raise awareness. As the capital city of the United Kingdom, it makes sense that Pride in London packs a punch! Along with an iconic Pride Parade which travels through the city's main attractions, including Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, Pride in London comprises roughly 60 different events including parties, workshops, and cultural gatherings, truly making this pride bucket-list-worthy during Pride season.
One of the longest-running Prides in the United Kingdom, Pride in London attracts roughly one million visitors to the capital each year. Pride in London has well and truly made a name for itself, and understandably, the very first London Gay Pride Rally took place on July 1, 1972, and welcomed roughly 2000 participants. In 1983, the event's name was changed to Gay and Lesbian March in order to be more inclusive, and during the 1990s, the event extended beyond a march, including other festivities.
In 2004, Pride in London was formed, with the event itinerary including a political rally in Trafalgar Square, following the main Pride Parade, along with various parties and festivals taking place across different parks in London. While Pride in London has continued to be a large-scale event in its own right, things reached next level in 2006, when the city hosted EuroPride, attracting some 600,000 pride enthusiasts from the UK and beyond.
Today, Pride in London is a treasured annual event that operates according to a strong mission of being inclusive to all spectrums of the LGBTQ community, celebrating LGBTQ life all the while rallying for equality and challenging prejudice, and continuing to serve the LGBTQ community, and promoting London as an LGBTQ-friendly destination. So with so much history, and a solid mission statement at the helm, what's stopping you from attending Pride in London? Not much we say. We'll see you in Trafalgar Square!
For full details on London Pride 2023, be sure to check out the official event program. Happy Pride!
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