Thousands celebrate Pride in Brighton after two-year hiatus

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Thousands of radical were expected to capable the streets of Brighton connected Saturday to observe the instrumentality of 1 of the UK’s biggest Pride events.

The parade and concerts, headlined by Christina Aguilera to a sold-out assemblage connected Saturday and Paloma Faith connected Sunday, people the instrumentality of the LGBTQ+ solemnisation for the archetypal clip successful 3 years aft the past 2 were cancelled owed to Covid.

The event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, was expected to pull arsenic galore arsenic 300,000 radical connected Saturday.

The parade started astatine Hove Laws astatine 11am, winding done the city’s streets with rainbow flags. There were besides radical wearing yellowish and bluish flags calling for bid successful Ukraine.

Among them was the cheery rights activistic Peter Tatchell, who tweeted: “At @PrideBrighton successful solidarity with #Ukraine against Russian aggression.”

He besides spoke retired against the Commonwealth, which helium said is simply a “bastion of homophobia”, calling for “an extremity to the criminalisation of LGBTs successful 35 Commonwealth countries”.

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Aguilera, who besides performed astatine Los Angeles Pride successful June, is among dozens of acts who volition instrumentality to the signifier astatine Preston Park implicit the play for We are Fabuloso.

Other performers see Ella Henderson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Björn Again and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars Tia Kofi and Bimini.

A spokesperson for Brighton Pride said: “2022 volition beryllium a joyous commemoration of the brave trailblazers, campaigners and supporters who shaped the Pride question successful the metropolis and helped america execute the LGBT+ equality we each bask today.”

Brighton’s archetypal Pride was held successful 1973 but it did not instrumentality until 1991. It usually draws crowds of astir 250,000. This play besides marks the 50th day of the city’s archetypal march, organised by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front.

Paul Kemp, organiser of Pride, told the BBC: “It has been a precise agelong hold but we’re yet here. We’re precise excited to beryllium back.”

Previous headliners astatine the event, which includes a assemblage parade and colony party, person included Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue and, owed to Covid, 2 cancelled appearances by Mariah Carey.

Peter Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove and Portslade and shadiness caput of authorities for Northern Ireland, tweeted: “The #BrightonPride parade was amazing!”

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