Pride in London, formerly known as Pride London, is an annual festival and parade held in Central London every summer. Thousands of revelers come together across June and July to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community.
London Pride has been running in one form or another since 1st July 1972 when the first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots (more on that later).
The Pride spirit also extends far beyond the confines of the main parade, with nearly a month’s worth of LGBTQ events and parties taking place across many of London’s clubs, bars, hotels, restaurants and cultural institutions.
Pride in London 2019 officially starts on 8th June and goes out with a bang on the 6th July when around 25,000 marchers descend on Central London to take part in the famous London Pride Parade.
Our ultimate guide to Pride in London will tell you everything you need to know from the 2019 parade route and the theme for Pride in London 2019 and how to get involved.
The Pride Parade
London’s Pride events culminate in the Pride Parade on the final Saturday of pride fortnight. This year, it’s on the 8th July.
The Pride Parade in London sees 300 groups and floats travel along the parade route to Trafalgar Square for live entertainment, music and a big old party. It’s the only London event that has been given permission to close off Oxford Street for the day. It’s flamboyant, it’s colourful and it’s a whole lot of fun!
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What is the London Pride Parade Route?
The London Pride Parade winds its way through central London, going from Baker Street to Whitehall via Oxford Street then along to Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall and finally Trafalgar Square where there will be live performances and speeches.
Pride Parade in London Fact File
When is the London Pride Parade? 8th July 2019
What time does the parade start? The London Pride Parade starts on Saturday at 12pm and carries on throughout the afternoon, ending at around 5pm. If you want a good view of the parade, it’s best to arrive in the morning to grab a good spot!
Where is London Pride? The parade takes place around the areas of Charing Cross and Baker Street, with the main celebrations finishing at Trafalgar Square
Official Website: prideinlondon.org
How much is it to get in? Entry is free, although donations are warmly welcomed
How do I get there? The nearest tube stations are Baker Street, Oxford Circus, Charing Cross and Leicester Square. Naturally, the tube will be very busy so if you’re able, it’s a good idea to walk into Central London. If you’re staying with us at Clink in King’s Cross, it’s just a 35-minute walk to Oxford Circus – and you’ll be able to soak up the lively atmosphere on the streets along the way!
Can I take part in London Pride if I don’t identify as LGBTQ?
Of course! Everyone is welcome to join in with the festivities, whether or not they identify as LGBTQ. There’s a real spirit of inclusion and open-mindedness at Pride in London so, as long as you’re a supporter of those values then Pride is definitely for you! There’s a feeling of general merriment and fun all around Central London, so don’t miss out.
Is London Pride just a big party then? People are definitely out to have a good time at pride – there will be music, there will be drinking and there will be dancing. However, the event also holds a great deal of political significance, with marchers out to represent a wide range of queer issues. This year, amongst many other issues, there is likely to be a focus on the campaign to make HIV-prevention drug PrEp widely available on the NHS.
Do I need to dress up? Fans of glitter, sequins and bright colours will be pleased to hear that all of the above are most welcome at London Pride. Pride is an opportunity to express yourself, regardless of gender ethnicity, age, body type, class, political allegiance and background. Go all out in hot pants and angel wings or keep it low key with jeans and a t-shirt. In essence, anything goes at Pride in London!
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Pride in London 2019 Theme
The theme of this year’s London Pride 2019 is Pride Jubilee. 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprisings on the 28th June 1969, a series of violent confrontations between police and law enforcement in New York that acted as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and across the world.
To commemorate 50 years of activism, protests and victories that have helped to pave the way for the LGBTQ community of today, the organisers of Pride in London are asking followers to share their ‘Pride Moments.’ Head to Pride in London to share your story and celebrate the events that define what Pride means to you.
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How to Get Involved with the Pride in London Parade
There are loads of different ways to get involved with the London Pride Parade. Applications for groups to take part in the parade are now closed. However, if you’ve got your heart set on being a part of the parade itself you can still sign up as an individual. Another way to participate is to apply to be a ‘flagbearer.’ As one of the people carrying the giant 50m long flag towards the front of the parade, you’d be playing a pretty important role! For more information on official ways to join the Pride London Parade head here.
If you just want to go along and soak up the atmosphere and good vibes, then there’s plenty of opportunity for that too. Thousands of spectators line the streets to watch the parade go by, making merry with friends and getting into the London Pride spirit. The parade’s final stop is Whitehall and, here, lots of marchers will make a beeline for the pubs and clubs of Soho or to Trafalgar Square to watch the rally and live performances. Join the throng here to really feel like you’re really a part of it all.
Other London Pride Events 2019
As we’ve mentioned, there are a whole host of inspiring, uplifting and just plain fun Pride themed events running throughout June and July in the lead up to the legendary Pride in London parade on the 8th July.
Keep an eye on Time Out London who’ll be updating their site with all the Pride happenings this summer.