Brighton Pride returns on Saturday 3rd August bringing the city together to celebrate our LGBT community.

As ever the event starts with the fabulous parade through the city. We are even more excited about this year's event as we will be joining our friends at the Royal Pavilion & Museums on a float in the parade! 

Photo of a map showing the Brighton Pride Parade Route 2019

We don't want you to miss out on seeing our colourful display so let's take a look at the new route and the best places to spot us...

Hove Lawns 

The Parade starts from Hove Lawns so you can chill out with a picnic and watch all the parade participants lining up and adding the finishing touches to their floats ahead of the procession setting off at 11am.

British Airways i360

From the pod you can enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the city, including the seafront section of the parade route making it a perfect spot for seeing the parade and the spectators. Plus the night before (Friday 2nd August) the pod will become a silent disco featuring tracks from this year's headline act - Kylie. 

Burgers or Brunch

If you think you'll need some fuel for the day of partying ahead then why not pick a seat at a restaruant or bar along the seafront? Stock Burger has a beautiful terrace decorated by local artists Art + Believe and a menu incluing burgers, beers & cocktails. The Salt Room will be serving brunch on their terrace with free-flowing Prosecco and canapés - must be booked in advance.

The Clock Tower

From the seafront the parade will turn up West Street and then continue on to Queens Road. The Clock Tower is great spot to view the procession as they walk, dance and sashay their way up the road, although get there early as it will get crowded.

Coffee & Cakes

Queens Road is a change from the traditional route giving an opportunity to grab a coffee and cake from a couple of different venues. The new Cielo Cakery just off Queens Road (top of Church Road) has an amazing selection of cupcakes, brownies and blondies and a little further up you'll find Mojo Coffee House serving coffees, cakes and smoothies. 

Drinks with a view 

After Queens Road the new route turns down North Road so you could either grab a drink and sit outside The Dorset pub or on the corner of Kensington Gardens is the newest branch of Trading Post which has a roof terrace making it an ideal spot for parade watching. Plus if you buy one of Trading Post's takeaway cups then a portion of the profits will go to Brighton Pride. 

London Road Lookouts

After North Road the parade will go back to its original route and wind its way towards London Road. I realise a lot of this post has been centred around drinks & snacks but why stop now... so if you're in this area head to The Open Market for some delicious sausage rolls, falafels or chocolate. Don't forget the Duke of York Picturehouse has a balcony off of their upstairs bar but it is only tiny so get there early!

Preston Park

And that's it we have made it to the park! Watch the final floats come in and then head on in to the park for the main party and get ready for the arrival of the pop princess herself - Kylie!

  • Don't forget to look out for the joint VisitBrighton and Royal Pavilion & Museums float! 

Sparkle Station

Photo of Oliver Bonas Brighton store and promotional image for the Brighton Pride activity

On Saturday 3rd August Oliver Bonas - part of the new Hanningtons Lanes - will be hosting a free pop-up biodegradable glitter station helping you get your sparkle on ready for the parade and the party in the park. The Sparkle Station will be at Oliver Bonas from 9.30am - 12.30pm - it is free although visitors will be asked to contribute to the Stonewall UK donation box and at the end of the day Oliver Bonas will match the final amount raised. 

Pride Cocktails

Photo of a cocktail at The Ivy Brighton

To get you into the Pride spirit The Ivy will be serving two special cocktails inspired by this year's headline acts: The Kylie cocktail – Love at First Sight (£12.50), is made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Cointreau blood orange liquor, blood orange purée and vanilla sugar, topped with a splash of Prosecco, whilst The Grace Jones cocktail – Pride (£13.75) is a glittering blend of Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin & Cassis with Coates & Seely Brut Rose English Sparkling Wine. The cocktails will be available from Monday 29th July to Sunday 11th August.

How ever you are celebrating we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Pride.

Charlotte 

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