Brighton Pride 2009
'Pride besides the seaside' is this year's theme as one of the UK's largest LGBT festivals gets underway.
Pride is on its way to Brighton – and organisers are hoping for the largest event yet.
The annual festival is now one of the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered events in the UK, attracting crowds of over 100,000 every year.
The Summer Festival week begins on Thursday 23rd July , with over 100 events taking place across the city.
On Saturday August 1st the Carnival Parade - this year’s theme is ‘Pride beside the seaside’ - starts on Madeira Drive in the morning and then winds through the city to Preston Park.
Pride is organised by LGBT communities in Brighton to challenge discrimination. Profits go back into the local community - last year it awarded £5,667.50 to thirteen local LGBT charities, voluntary groups and organisations.
In 2008 the Pride march attracted more than 100,000 spectators, who braved showers and drizzle to walk the route. This year Floats arrived in Preston Park at about 1300 BST, where the festivities will continue into the evening.
last updated: 08/07/2009 at 15:39