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!
The following is the event program of a previous pride edition. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, London Pride 2020 has been postponed until 2021.
For 2019, the theme of London Pride will be #PrideJubilee. Honoring the 50 (Jubilee) years since Stonewall, this London Pride aims to remember and celebrate all the activism, protests, and victories that have made pride what it is today.
The main Gay Pride London Parade will take place on July 6, 2019 from 12:00pm. Over 300 groups and floats will travel from Portland Place, traveling down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, then onto Lower Regent Street and Pall Mall, then passing through the iconic Trafalgar Square, before wrapping things up at Whitehall, where the crowd will gather for musical performances and speeches. You can expect something big this year; after all, over a million people joined us for pride in London 2018, marching, dancing and laughing with solidarity in the quest for equal LGBTQ rights.
There will be over 100 performers illuminating different stages in Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Dean Street, and Golden Square. You can expect British singer songwriter, Becky Hill, Eurovision and X Factor sensation Saara Aalto, and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra just to name a few.
Aside from the Parade, Gay Pride London hosts a huge variety of events for the entire month, fitting for its diverse crowd. Expect a Cabaret Stage, Community Village, Women’s Stage, as well as plenty of entertainment in all of London’s gay bars and clubs. There will also the be the exciting finale to the popular Pride's Got Talent, with 22 finalists from Pride’s Got Talent 2019 will be performing across the stages.
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