LGBT pride festival and parade, the Pride in London, has emerged as one of the most important and eagerly anticipated pride event held annually in the capital of England. Each year, a major portion of central London closes around summer for this event which draws over millions of people not just in the country but also from abroad. In 2018, the biggest date on the British and world LGBT+ calendar that is the Pride in London, takes place on July 7.
Pride in London is one of the longest running pride event in the country, attracting over one million visitors from across the country and the world. The first official Pride Rally was held in London in 1972 (on the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots) as a small event with some 2,000 participants. The festival’s events and location vary every year within London. However the Pride parade, which invariably takes place in Oxford Street, is the only annual event to close this iconic street of London.
In 1996, the event was renamed ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride’ following a vote by the members of the Pride Trust, and became the largest free music festival in Europe. Today, the Pride in London has become one of the most important days in the year round the world which stands for openness and inclusivity.
The day-long event begins with the iconic Pride Parade from midday, which sees floats representing all manner of the LGBT+ spectrum. Businesses, charities, sports teams and the military also take part in the parade and march through central London and interact with the crowds on the streets which are lined with people. It is followed by a political rally and an array of entertainment events which is rounded off with a celebration of inclusiveness that spills on to the wee hours of the next day.
The Pride in London is for all those within the LGBT community and its allies, who believe in inclusion, freedom and equality. On this day, they take to the streets for a long range of different events happening all through the day to celebrate their cause in unison. Visitors are advised to arrive early as access to the Square is regulated and becomes difficult to enter later in the day when crowds thicken.
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