The sun is shining, the weather is sweet and it’s everyone’s favourite time of year again – the annual Pride parade is in London town this weekend! Pride celebrations are held in major cities around the world and here in London we’ve had over a million people turn out for the event previously, making it the largest Pride parade in the world! Pride is celebrating its 50th year, so this one is sure to be one of the biggest and best parades London has ever seen, not to mention the amazing weather we’re currently experiencing which is surely going to mean more people out and about with big smiles on their faces.
This year’s parade will take place on Saturday 7th July with festivities kicking off at Portland Place at 12pm. From there the parade will head down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, passing Trafalgar Square before finishing on Whitehall around 5pm. The parade is the only one of its kind to actually bring Oxford Street to a halt. It will be closed off to pedestrians and traffic for the day to accommodate the festivities.
So, where can you continue to celebrate the last few days of Pride month in the city? Well, there’s plenty of events taking place this weekend, with some last minute partying well into the wee hours. Here are some of my favourites:
- The Glory, East London pub, is hosting it’s Grand Final LipSync1000 battle at Clapham Grand on July 11th – all your favourite drag queens with attitude will be there, dressed to impress as they aim to win the crowd over with their quick-witted lyrics & uncanny impersonations.
- Archer Street in Soho, a hub for LGBT nightlife, is hosting a street party on Saturday night which is sure to be a raucous event! Expect live drag acts and musical performances by Boy Bands Through Time and The I Dolls along with plenty of glitter and colours galore!
- South of the river, Brixton is hosting Sink the Pink: Colour ball over at the O2 Academy so if you’ve got tickets, you can expect a Spice Girls tribute evening splashed with glitter, fabulous flamboyance and a carnival theme to keep you dancing well into the night!
Also, London-wide restaurant chain Wagamama is celebrating Pride UK with rainbow benches built to raise funds for LGBT charities as part of its year-long #makeitrainbow campaign. Go and get involved! All you need to do is visit the Soho branch, plant your cute little tush on one of the colourful benches and order some steamed buns. All profits will be donated to chosen charities, so it’s a win win situation for everyone!
Between the Pride Parade and England making the quarter finals in the World Cup, this weekend is set to be one London remembers for a while! It’ll be loud, and proud and most of all, a chance for us Brits to come together to support our country, and each other.