Colours everywhere, love is in the air, it’s that time of year again: Pride! London’s primary celebration for everything and everyone in the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Asexual, and more) community is happening again this Saturday. There’ll be lots to do and parties everywhere as thousands of people take to the streets to see the extravagant parade that signifies the end of the week long Pride in London celebration. Whether you belong to the LGBT+ community or you just want to come out (no pun intended) and show your support; this is the party to be at this weekend.
Officially the parade starts at 1 pm on Baker Street but there will be lots of people around before the actual kick off so get in early and soak in the excited atmosphere. The parade culminates and an explosive party in Trafalgar Square and features more than 250 community groups, dancers and performers. Over 15,000 people are expected to show up to celebrate the heroes of the community represented by this year’s theme: ‘Pride Heroes’. There will be performances and speeches and big name stars like the London Gay Big Band and the competitors of the Pride’s Got Talent competition; it’s shaping up to be a truly excellent Saturday.
Culturally the Pride in London festival is extremely significant. Historically Pride parades across the world have helped rally thousands of people to support the plights of the LGBT+ community. From simply bringing to light how large these communities are, to helping alert the wider populace to the dangers and discriminations they face; Pride has been at the forefront of the LGBT+ rights movement since it started. Even today, though there have been many improvements in our situation, the LGBT+ movement has a long struggle to go before their treatment can be considered equal. It is important that everyone continues to come out and show that they support the movement.
Knowing the societal importance and the scale of the party; what possible reason do you have to not come join us? It will be one of the biggest events of the year with loud music, lots of dancing, bright colours, and over it all an incredibly positive atmosphere. If Trafalgar Square ends up too intense for you don’t worry, there is lots to do across Soho and much of the city. Bars and clubs everywhere should be hopping with people dressing up as superheroes (too match the theme); it’s going to be wild.
So what are you waiting for? Time to make plans! If you want to make a true experience out of it I recommend booking into a hotel along the route, say one of the Montcalm hotels in Marble Arch, treating yourself at the spa in the morning, and then go out to party all night knowing you won’t have to go far when you eventually go to bed.