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The Festival That's More Colourful Than Skittles
Image from prideinlondon.org
A public festival smaller only in size by Notting Hill Carnival, Pride in London is a month long celebration of the LGBT community. Running from the 15th June - 14th July, all the events take place around the main Gay Pride Parade on the 28th June.
The origins of the festival date back to 1972, when the first official UK Gay Pride Rally to place. The march took place every year, until the 1990s when it became less of a protest and more of a carnival.
Starting at 1pm from Baker Street, almost two hundred groups are expected to take part, including community organisations, campaigners, charities, universities, student unions, health agencies, and companies. This year there will be even more to celebrate as the parade coincides with the Armed Forces Day, and participants will be proud march alongside members of the Army, Navy, and Royal Air Force before dispersing at Whitehall at 4pm. In those three hours you will be able to watch singers, dancers, and spectacular floats.
A 1920s style night of glamour and decadence, with a three course meal, cabaret, and auction. Items include signed Martina Navratilova trainers, ten day stay in Nice for four, luxury Fortnum & Mason Champagne & Chocolate hamper, specially commissioned artwork, and a wine tasting for six by a Vinopolis sommelier.
Other events include movie screenings, a summer ball, gaming night, musicals, and much more. These will continue until the 15th July, and includes the Freedom to be a Fairy fancy dress competition. There will be prizes for the 'Sexiest Fairy', 'Fairy Godmother', and 'Fairyest of them all'!