June is the Happy Pride month 2023! If you are looking for a way to celebrate Pride Month in London, you are in luck. There are plenty of events and activities happening throughout the city that cater to the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Whether you want to join a parade, watch a movie, attend a workshop, or party with your friends, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights of the Pride Month events in London:
- Pride in London Parade: The biggest and most colourful event of the month is the Pride in London Parade, which takes place on Saturday, July 1st. The parade starts at Portland Place and ends at Whitehall, passing through Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square. More than 300 groups and floats will participate in the parade, representing different aspects of the LGBTQ+ culture and history. The parade is free to attend and open to all, but you can also buy tickets for the grandstand seats or the VIP area if you want a better view.
- Pride in London Festival: The parade is not the only thing happening on July 1st. The Pride in London Festival is a week-long celebration of arts and culture that showcases the diversity and talent of the LGBTQ+ community. The festival features various events such as theatre, comedy, music, dance, cabaret, film, and more. Some of the venues include Leicester Square, Soho Theatre, National Theatre, BFI Southbank, and Royal Vauxhall Tavern. You can check out the full programme and book your tickets on the Pride in London website.
- UK Black Pride: If you are looking for a more inclusive and intersectional event, you might want to check out UK Black Pride, which takes place on Sunday, August 20th at Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park. UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American LGBTQ+ people. The event features live music, spoken word, workshops, stalls, food, and drinks. The theme for this year is “Love and Rage”, reflecting the challenges and achievements of the black LGBTQ+ community.
- Queer Britain: The National LGBTQ+ Museum: If you are interested in learning more about the history and culture of the LGBTQ+ community in Britain, you might want to visit Queer Britain: The National LGBTQ+ Museum. This is a pop-up exhibition that runs from June 2nd to July 1st at The Gallery on Redchurch Street. The exhibition showcases some of the artefacts and stories that will be part of the permanent museum. You can see items such as personal letters, photographs, posters, clothing, and more. The exhibition is free to enter but donations are welcome.
- Pride’s Got Talent: If you want to support some of the emerging talents in the LGBTQ+ community, you might want to watch Pride’s Got Talent. This is a competition that gives a platform to singers, musicians, comedians, drag acts, and other performers who identify as LGBTQ+ or allies. The finalists will perform at various venues across London during Pride Month and compete for a chance to perform at the main stage of Pride in London.
- Bishopsgate Institute offers a lot of exhibitions and events to socialize and learn something new about the community
These are just some of the events and activities that you can enjoy during Pride Month in London. There are many more options to choose from depending on your preferences and interests. You can find out more information on the official websites of Pride in London or UK Black Pride or follow them on social media for updates. Happy Pride Month!