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Grange's Guide To Pride Parade 2018

  • What's On -05-Jul-2018

London Pride is coming to an end this weekend with the Pride in London Parade. London's month-long celebration has been a staple of the LGBT calendar since 1972 and is one of the world’s largest festivals of its kind, attracting upwards of one million people every year.

The theme for Pride in London 2018 is #PrideMatters. Pride in London conducted a huge survey across the community to discover what really matters to the LGBT+ community. The report is one of the most comprehensive comparisons between experiences of straight people and LGBT+ people in the UK.

The survey showed that over 1 in 3 LGBT+ people have been verbally abused because of their identity, sexuality or gender. Over three quarters of LGBT+ people don’t feel comfortable showing affection to a partner in public.

Unfortunately it also shows low levels of concern about gender, racism and sexuality in mainstream society, and that straight people care more about animal rights than gender, LGBT+ and racial equality in 2018. The conclusion this tells us is that equal rights do not equal equality.

But while the survey clearly demonstrates that we all need to do more, the celebrations will be as jubilant and exciting as ever! This year's parade takes place on Saturday 7th July at midday. Over 300 groups from the community will be bringing floats, music and so many rainbows across central London. The only way to discover the fun that's going to be had is to come on down to check it out. Everything is kept secret until the parade kicks off!

 

You can enjoy the parade from anywhere along the 1.3 mile stretch.  Whether you're shopping along Oxford Circus, or taking in the sights at Westminster. You do not need tickets to enjoy the Pride London parade. Admission is free to everyone and anyone! Under-18s are welcome and the parade route is fully wheelchair accessible. There are dedicated volunteers on hand to guide you all the way along the route.

But, the place to be on Saturday is Trafalgar Square. Not only will you get great views of the Pride Parade as it makes its way down to Whitehall, you'll get to enjoy all the entertainment of the London Pride Stage.

At Trafalgar Square, you'll enjoy a variety of famous faces and community acts from across the LGBT+ spectrum. 2018 will include performances from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alyssa Edwards, Eurovision finalist SuRie and the winners from Pride’s Got Talent 2018.

If 2018 is going to be your first ever Pride in London event, here is a flavour of what you can expect this year:

82% of the LGBT+ community agree that Pride is ‘an important reminder that the fight for equality is not yet won’. So come down to If you're planning a Pride weekend visit to London, book your stay at Grange Hotels. Here, you can enjoy 5 star luxury right in the heart of the capital.

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