This year’s theme is #AllOurPride, an invitation to come together and celebrate our “collective past, present and future”
BY BY VAL ZELASCHI, IMAGE BY RODNAE PRODUCTIONS VIA PEXELS
The UK’s biggest Pride event, Pride In London, is back this weekend after being cancelled for two years in a row. It will mark the 50th anniversary of the first UK pride rally.
In addition to the iconic parade on Saturday (2 July) this weekend will be packed with fringe queer events across the city and parties for all tastes. This year’s theme is #AllOurPride, an invitation to come together and celebrate our “collective past, present and future”.
Of course, the fight for LGBTQI rights is far from over and there is still so much to be done within our communities to ensure that we listen, support and stand by those of us who are the most marginalised.
Whilst Pride needs to remain a time to reflect on where to go next, it is also an occasion to celebrate how far we have come. With this spirit, we hope to see as many of you bringing your queerness and joy to London this weekend.
Here’s a round-up of some of what you have to look forward to
To mark its 50th anniversary, this year’s march will retrace the route of the first rally in 1972. It will start on Park Lane, near Hyde Park, at noon and pass by iconic LGBTQI places such as Trafalgar Square, where in 1972, a mass kiss-in was held in protest. It will finish around 6pm in Whitehall Place. Over 30,000 people and 600 LGBTQI community groups are expected to be marching. More details on how to follow the parade here.
Four main stages across the city will see performances from a variety of musicians, entertainers and speakers. The Leicester Square stage, hosted by power couple Adele Roberts and Kate Holderness, will be dedicated to LGBTQI women and non-binary performers. Its iconic line-up features artists of the likes of Dréya Mac, Siena Liggins and Kat Graham.
Cat Burns will be performing in Trafalgar Square followed by legend Emeli Sandé, pop icon Samantha Mumba and Ava Max, who will be closing. Cat will also play on the Golden Square stage after 5pm.
The stage in Soho’s Dean Street, hosted by drag king Louis Cyfer, will witness performances from an incredible line-up of cabaret artists, while St Giles Church Yard will be this Pride’s family area with dedicated activities and events.
Rooftop Drag Cabaret and BBQ all-day party
Starting from 1 pm, the Aerial Rooftop bar in Wood Lane will host a full day of entertainment, cabaret performances, music and BBQ. Entrance is free, but you will need a ticket. More details following this link.
Mint London Pride after-party
Opposite the stage in Leicester Square, MINT will host the biggest after-party for all LGBTQI women and non-binary people at Ruby Blue. Doors open at 8pm with a line-up featuring the best of London’s DJ scene and the likes of El Conchitas and Lady Lola. Mutya Buena and her iconic girlband Sugababes will also be live at Ruby Blue! Last release tickets can be bought here.
Latinx Stage and after Pride Party
Exilio Latin dance club in collaboration with Carnal Latino UK will host the Latinx stage at Jerusalem Soho. It will bring Latin American artists together for a celebration of their roots and rich music heritage – from Folk to Tango and Samba. For more information on the Latinx Pride visit this link.
Dykes on Mics at Apple Tree
For more after-parade fun, LGBTQI venue Apple Tree in Clerkenwell is hosting a night of karaoke for all LGBTQI women and non-binary people. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets start from £5 and can be bought here.
LxZ Pride Afterparty
Award-winning presenter and DJ Kaylee Golding will be at 229 Club in Regents park for LxZ’s lesbian Pride party. She will be joined by some of the best upcoming women and non-binary DJs on the scene. There will be a glitter and jewel station, dance performances, confetti canons and prizes! More information following this link.
Life Drawing at Brewer Street Yoga
On Sunday, artist and creative Roy Joseph Butler will be at Brewer Street Yoga for an afternoon of life drawing for people of all levels of ability. This is an inclusive and body positive experience and an occasion to meet like-minded artsy people and practice your skills. Tickets start from £15 and can be bought here.
Free Film screening of The 34th: The Story Of Marriage Equality In Ireland
On Wednesday 6, producer Vanessa Gildea will be at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith for the free screening of this pride documentary. From the KAL case, which saw Canadian lesbian couple Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone unsuccessfully seeking the recognition of their marriage, the film will explore the long fight for same-sex marriages in Ireland. More information here.
Thursday 7 will see the return of Zodiac Bar’s Lesbian Single Soiree. The bar is a recent addition to London’s queer night life. After the success of their past LGBTQI events, they will be hosting their first Lesbian soiree. First shot is on them – apparently! More information here.
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