The weather’s looking perfect for the return of Brighton & Hove’s Pride celebrations this weekend.
The main events get underway on Saturday with the Pride Community Parade setting off from Hove Lawns at 11am, followed by the ‘We Are Fabuloso’ celebrations in Preston Park and the Pride Village Party (PVP) in St James’s Street.
The We Are Fabuloso Pride Festival and the PVP celebrations continue on Sunday.
Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, leader of the council, said: “We wish everyone a safe and happy Pride!
“Like so many, I’m really looking forward to welcoming back this vital celebration of our city’s identity.
“Pride still very much stands for continuing the struggle for LGBTIQA+ equality and this is aptly reflected in the theme: Love, Protest & Unity. And as hate crimes based on sexuality and anti-trans crimes continue to increase there is still much work to do.
“Of course Pride is also a vital part of the cultural and community calendar and a special moment to celebrate with friends and loved ones.
“Enjoy yourself but please take care and look after others around you too. Please try to avoid putting pressure on the city’s already over-stretched emergency services.
“No one wants to miss out, but if you don’t feel well, please stay at home. Don’t risk passing anything on to others.
“After a 2-year absence, I hope we’re all able to enjoy a proud and safe weekend!”
What you need to know!
With thousands of people expected to Brighton & Hove for the Pride celebrations, a final reminder to plan their travel arrangements the weekend.
Many city centre roads will be closed and on-street parking bays suspended for the celebrations.
Train and bus services will also be affected over the weekend.
And a reminder there’ll be a rainbow queuing system in place at Brighton station to help people leaving the city get on the right trains. Please get there in plenty of time to catch your train!
Take care of yourself, don’t overdo it and look out for others. If you’re out all day, take a water bottle and suncream.
Support is available if you need it, but remember that health services are extremely busy and make sure you use the right services for your needs.
We're working over the weekend to keep on top of litter and cleaning - please help by recycling and disposing of your rubbish responsibly.
We’re putting out extra recycling and rubbish bins along the central seafront and Hove Lawns, as well as in Valley Gardens, London Road and Dyke Road Drive. Please use them.
Following such a busy weekend, it will take a few days to catch up with cleaning in the city centre – please bear with us.
Reporting hate crime and anti-social behaviour
Everyone in Brighton & Hove has a right to feel safe.
We are committed to LGBTQ+ equality and supporting communities harmed by hate crime.
We encourage anyone who has experienced anti-social behaviour or hate incidents, harassment or distress due to their identity, to report it.
You can do that using our online anti-social behaviour and hate incident reporting form or by contacting our Community Safety team by emailing email@example.com or calling 01273 292735.
Or you can report hate incidents to Sussex Police on 101 if it’s not an emergency. In an emergency, always call 999.
We’re also working with community partners to offer an option of reporting hate incidents to them in a confidential safe space.
- Rainbow Hub
Ledward Centre, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1UU
Phone: 07714 782585
Open: 11am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday
- Possability People
Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1JE
Phone: 01273 894 040
Open: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
- Racial Harassment Forum
Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
Phone: 01273 234 017 or 07563 389482
Open: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday