Words: Brian Leonard
Brighton Pride is back for the first time in three years this August, as the world continues to reopen following a tough two years of lockdowns, restrictions and uncertainty around large events.
That will all seem a distant memory when the LGBTQ community comes together on the Sussex coast for one of the UK's most famous Pride events,, with organisers promising that "normal service will be resumed."
Brighton Pride 2022 is set to take place over the weekend of 5-7 August for a (delayed) 30th anniversary celebration, with a variety of fabulous events that deliver Pride, protest and world-class pop performances.
With Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue as Brighton Pride's Saturday night headliner,anticpation for Brighton Pride 2022 is already at fever pitch.
From dates and locations to the festival line-up, here's everything you need to know...
Pride Community Day and Dog Show – Sunday 24 July
Taking place a week before the main event, Brighton Pride's annual community day and dog show in Preston Park sees pooches and their owners show their pride with awards for numerous categories.
The event will see retail stalls, a glamorous catwalk doggy fashion show, and bar and refreshments spring up to enjoy throughout the afternoon from 12-5pm.
The annual canine highlight where we pamper those pooches and paw our way to one of Brighton Pride’s most wonderfully accessible events. Join us as we celebrate our four-legged best friends with a day of fun and barking frolics, as dogs and dog lovers come together and shine with Pride.
Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – Saturday 6 August
The Brighton Pride parade will kick off at Hove Lawns at 11am before winding its way to Preston Park throughout the afternoon. This year's theme is 'Love, protest and unity'.
It's one of the biggest and brightest events in Brighton & Hove’s calendar, with over 300,000 people descending onto the city's streets to participate in and watch the parade of community and campaign groups in a euphoric carnival of colour.
WE ARE FABULOSO supported by yahoo! – Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August
This year, Brighton Pride's famous music festival goes by the moniker of 'WE ARE FABULOSO supported by yahoo!'
The two-day festival in Brighton's Preston Park will welcome world-class pop stars to the stage, with Saturday's line-up featuring Christina Aguilera, Ella Henderson, Todrick Hall, Raye, Bimini and L Devine.
Sunday's bill is just as strong, with Paloma Faith, Jake Shears, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Cat Burns and Björn Again set to light up the main stage.
More than 100 LGBTQ artists set to appear at the festival, which will see the return of the Pride Dance Big Top headlined by Gorgon City, the Legends Cabaret Big Top, the QTIPOC Stage hosted by The Cocoa Butter Club and a host of other dance tents, cabaret stages, amazing live music and community areas.
Pride Village Party – 6 and 7 August
The Pride Village Party in Brighton’s famous Kemptown serves as the after-party for the parade and music festival.
Businesses across St James’ Street and Marine parade come together to celebrate Pride and raise extra funds for the Brighton Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.
For more information and for tickets, visit brighton-pride.org.