Pride is woven into Brighton’s identity as tightly as the Palace Pier, Brighton Rock and seagulls. Each year approximately 400,000 people descend for a weekend of parades and parties as we celebrate the past, present and future of the world’s LGBT community.
There are hubs where the Pride action goes down and for the outsider it can feel like, if you’re not partying at St James’ Street or Preston Park, you’re not doing it right. But there’s so much happening across the city, so here’s our alternative guide to Pride 2019.
DIY Pride – Queen’s Park
DIY Pride is now in its third year and was conceived for those who believe Pride has deviated too far from its radical, politicised, roots. A chilled, family friendly event with no focus on dressing or impressing, it’s perfect for those who want to feel pride without the pressure.
Open Day at Brighton Dome
Brighton Dome is offering a chance to escape the crowds with face painting, badge making, craft workshops and a low sensory area. Taking place in the cafe bar and mezzanine, it’s an ideal space for anyone that finds panic in the parades.
David Hoyle & Friends: The Pride At The End Of The World
In a time where everyone’s looking for a tribe, David Hoyle is refreshingly tricky to pigeonhole. Avant-garde, post-drag and post-gender, this master of cabaret promises a shfaceow – aided by friends – that will be as raw as it is humane.
Almighty Brighty’s PRIDE Community Clean-up
More than 100 tonnes of waste were reportedly collected after 2018’s Brighton Pride and anyone who’s visited the beach on Sunday morning will testify to it being a rueful sight. Lush, in conjunction with Boho Gelato and PLATF9RM faves Bird & Blend Tea Co., are organising a community clean-up. Swing by the shop from 7am to pick up litter pickers and bags; instore you will find workshops and music, along with free drinks and ice cream.
Pride On The Beach at Bison Beach Bar / Sea Lanes
Bison’s beach bar at Sea Lanes is one of this year’s seafront secrets. Near Concorde 2 on Madeira Drive, it’s far enough away from the hoards to not get invaded the second the sun comes out. Hove’s 7Bone will have their burger truck in residence over Pride weekend; between them and Bison, they’ll be donating 50p from each burger and 25p from each pint to Brighton charity, Allsorts Youth.
Kylie Silent Disco - i360
Silence isn’t a virtue normally associated with Pride or children but parents can buck the trend with this kids’ silent disco on the boarding deck of the i360. Fear not: adults are welcome to grab a headset for a singalong of ‘Old Town Road’ as well.
One of the joys of Pride is the light shone on Brighton’s many charities and socially conscious organisations. With parades to attend, they
will be all be stretched during this time so extremely welcome of the offer for some support. Why not speak to PLATF9RM chosen charity, Clocktower Sanctuary?
Many Brightonites will start their Pride Saturday with a solid breakfast and cocktails. The Walrus is offering the chance to continue that tradition whilst partaking in some life drawing. Draw a nude, chow down on a Full English (no sausage jokes, please) and welcome the day with a mimosa. Pride has arrived.
Wait until ‘locals day’ on Sunday
There is beauty in the madness of Pride. There can also be stress and crowd anxiety, not to mention gently simmering frustration at our streets being used as public nightclubs/toilets/bedrooms. If you like your Pride dialled down several notches, hit the streets on Sunday when the sound systems still play but the crowds have returned home.
For Pride this year, PLATF9RM is honoured to raise money for the Allsorts Youth Project. Their work listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
We are proud to support our LGBTQAI+ community and pleased that we live in a city that champions all the beautiful diversity that makes our city thrive. Any support to this is greatly appreciated.