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People enjoying the annual Brighton Pride carnival event, in 2007

Brighton and Hove Pride is an annual event held in the city of Brighton and Hove, England, organised by Brighton Pride, a community interest company (CIC) who promote equality and diversity, and advance education to eliminate discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The major event is an annual summer festival held in the first week of August,[1] which usually consists of a parade through the city centre, a festival event in Preston Park, the Gay Village Party and other club parties. Since 2013, it has also included an Arts and Film Festival and a Pride Dog Show.

Pride attracts an estimated 450,000 to the city over the Pride weekend [2] across the Pride parade, Preston Park festival[3] and the event brings 2% of the city's annual visitors in one day[3] and an estimated £20.5 million to the city's economy,[4] credited as one of the main ways Brighton has boosted its economy from tourism.[5]



Brighton and Hove Pride began with a gay demonstration in Brighton in October 1972 by The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) and a full pride march in July 1973.[6]

Pride returned to the city in 1991 with the Brighton Area Action Against Section 28 which brought hundreds to the streets.[7] The first contemporary Pride took place in 1992 and began to increase significantly in size in future years with the support of sponsors, pubs, clubs and drag artists. Since 1996, the park festival has been based at Preston Park.

Pride events have traditionally been an environment for celebrating the diversity of the lesbian and gay community. In 2002 Pride in Brighton & Hove agreed to explicitly include and reference the transgender community making that year's Pride for the first time an LGBT event. 'Gender Diversity' archive Putting the 'T' in LGBT Brighton Pride 2002

In 2004, Brighton Pride became a charity, to develop the event, to advance public education - by raising awareness of issues affecting LGBT people, and to make grants and donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations in the area. In 2011, organisers controversially introduced an entry fee to the park festival, as the company was in financial ruin and ran up over £200,000 in debt, subsequently becoming bankrupt. Since 2013, Pride has been under new management and has raised over £700,000 for local LGBT community groups.[when?] The event now includes the traditional community parade, the park festival in Preston Park, the Pride Village Party in Kemptown, an Arts and Film Festival, a Pride Dog Show and several club parties around the city.

Medical provisionEdit

Medical provision at Brighton Pride has always and continues to be provided by St John Ambulance. With the event in its current form, the event requires the support volunteers from across the country to provide the skills, equipment and knowledge that is needed to care for those requiring medical aid at the event. Volunteers often assist the statuary ambulance service responding to 999 calls that are within the foot print of the event as it is often difficult to get ambulances in and out of the areas surrounding the parade root due to road closures.

Other private providers outside the main event footprint are employed by the various areas / venues around the city.

West street is covered by safe space, responding to incidents in and around west street, supported by a private team and secamb, who base a paramedic practitioner crew inside safe space itself to assist.

St James Street is covered by a private provider who again respond to incidents within the st James Street footprint.


Below is a list of artists who have headlined on the main stage at Brighton Pride in the past.

Year Date Headliner Other Main Stage Artists
2013 Saturday 3 August Paloma Faith[8] Alison Moyet, MKS, Stooshe, Ms Dynamite
2014 Saturday 2 August Blue Collabro, Heather Peace, Neon Jungle, Kimberly Wyatt, Katy B, Sam Bailey
2015 Saturday 1 August The Human League Bright Light Bright Light, Ella Henderson, Fatboy Slim, Foxes, Kelli-Leigh, Ms Dynamite, Tulisa
2016 Saturday 6 August Sister Sledge Carly Rae Jepsen, Anne-Marie, Alesha Dixon, DJ Fresh, Dua Lipa, Fleur East, Imani Williams, Seann Miley Moore
2017 Saturday 5 August Pet Shop Boys Years & Years, Becky Hill, Fickle Friends, KStewart, Louisa Johnson, M.O
2018 Saturday 4 August Britney Spears[9] Ella Eyre[10], Pixie Lott[11], Louise Redknapp[12], MNEK[13], Mabel[14]
Sunday 5 August Nile Rodgers & Chic[15] Jess Glynne[16], RAYE[17], Gabrielle[18], House Gospel Choir[19]
2019 Saturday 3 August Kylie Minogue[20] Clean Bandit[21], Fleur East[22], Björn Again[23], Zak Abel[24], Rina Sawayama[25], Alice Chater[26]
Sunday 4 August Jessie J[27] Grace Jones[28], Rak-Su[29], Nina Nesbitt[30], House Gospel Choir[31], Grace Carter[32]


  1. ^ "All About Pride". Archived from the original on 4 August 2005.
  2. ^ "GAY PRIDE PARADE ATTRACTS THOUSANDS". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
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  4. ^ "Will Brighton Pride come before a fall?". The Argus. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ Bowden, Geoffrey (10 September 2013). "How Brighton has boosted tourism with Pride, marathons, rugby and Turner". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^, Simon Chilton -. "Brighton Ourstory :: A History of Lesbian & Gay Brighton Chapter 3: Out of the Closet, 1967-87". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. ^, Simon Chilton -. "Brighton Ourstory :: A History of Lesbian & Gay Brighton Chapter 4: A Community Comes of Age, 1988-2001". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
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