Are you currently living in London and looking to attend London’s biggest and most vibrant 2017 Pride parade? As a city embracing culture and diversity, London is holding a series of events starting on Saturday 24th June right through to the final parade on Saturday 9th July 2017.
Whether you are new to London or currently live within the city, read below to find the full information on London Pride festival this summer.
What is Pride London?
Pride marches and parades first entered London in 1970, since then events have grown year-on-year. Pride London is an organisation that organises annual events and celebrations of the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people). Most well known for the colourful and extravagant two-week Pride in London festival every summer, which concludes with the Pride parade through the streets of the West End.
Supported by the Mayor of London and run solely on a voluntary board, Pride festival is free admission to everyone and anyone, and more importantly you do not need to be a member of the LGBT+ community to join in with the celebrations. This year is extra special, as it marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales, and a celebration of the vote to legalise same sex-marriage. This gives same-sex couples the same legal rights straight couples.
Where does the Pride parade take place?
The parade initially starts at 1pm, and takes a 2.3km route starting north of Oxford Circus, down Regent Street and through Piccadilly Circus. Floats and more than 300 groups of marchers will then head towards Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square, with the parade finishing in Whitehall at approximately 4:30pm.
Where can I watch the Pride parade?
If you are looking to gain a good viewing spot to watch the parade, make sure you arrive early. The streets of London get very busy with the busiest area often being around the parade's starting point, Oxford Circus. If you head further down Regent Street, you will be more likely to find quieter spots. Why not pick a quieter spot further down Regent Street?
For the first time this year, you can pay to access the London Parade Grandstand, located on Waterloo Place. Offering a view like no other and a podium announcer who will keep you informed during the parade. To book your spot at the parade grandstand for £30 here.
Other events that are taking place at London Pride festival
As well as the famous parade, Pride in London hosts a number of events around the city over the festival weekend. So why not take a visit to one of our top 4 events happening over the weekend?
Enjoy a full day of music down in Trafalgar Square, where key performers including: The London Gay Big Band, Pride’s Got Talent finalists and Fleur East will be performing. Date: Saturday 8th July, Time: 12pm to 8pm.
Why not head over to the family stage, where the creators of Despicable Me host fun activities and performances for all ages. Date: Saturday 8th July, Time:12:30pm until 7:30pm
Browse the community stalls in Soho for Pride clothing and merchandise. Date: Saturday 8th July, Time: 12pm to 8pm.
If you wish to spend an extra day celebrating London Pride, head over to Vauxhall and enjoy Pride in the Park, where you can join in with a garden picnic, live music and a spoken word with UK Black Pride. Date: Sunday 9th July.
Living in London can provide endless opportunities and freedom to attend annual events! So why not join in with the fun, let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like the London city coming together and celebrating in style. If you would like to find out more about events and living in London and how to move there have a look at the rest of our website.