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  • What's On -18-Jun-2019

Pride Jubilee 2019

This year's theme is #PrideJubilee. 50 years ago, on 28th June 1969, the Stonewall Uprising sparked a series of events which kicked off the modern Pride movement.

The Stonewall Uprising was a period of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBT+ community in Greenwich Village, New York City. At the time, the Stonewall Inn was a bar that was a popular gathering place for members of the LGBT+ community. In the 60s, the bar and its patrons had frequent run-ins with the police.

On 28th June 1969, a "routine" police raid got out of control, leading to large protesting crowds and police violence. This impromptu protest caused an already volatile situation to boil over. Greenwich Village soon erupted into protests.

Village residents quickly organised into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for people to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.

Within six months of the riots, two gay activist organizations were formed in New York, concentrating on confrontational tactics, and three newspapers were established to promote rights for the LGBT+ community. The next year, the first Pride march was organised and the rest, as they say, is history.

So for Pride 2019 participants are remembering fifty years of activism, protests and victories that have made the Pride movement what it is today.

Throughout June, London will play host to a rainbow of Pride events. Pride will end with the annual parade through London. This year's parade takes place on Saturday 6th 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!

The London Pride Parade 2019 Route

From Portland Place, the parade will make its way down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus. Then the party makes its way all the way down Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and on to Trafalgar Square. Finally, the Pride Parade will come to a fabulous conclusion outside Whitehall.

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 don't 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.

5 Tips for Pride London 2019

1. Pack comfortable shoes

You should plan to be on your feet all day for Pride, so pack some comfy shoes. If you're planning on showing off some fabulous footwear, make sure you've got some pumps packed just in case.

2. Hydrate

It's important to stay hydrated during Pride. There's a lot of walking and dancing involved, so bring a bottle of water with you. If you're planning on drinking alcohol, pace yourself and drink responsibly. 

3. Don't forget to wear sunscreen

Yes, it's London and the weather might not be great, but it's still July. Make sure you look after your skin by applying sunscreen. Put it on at home, and make sure to bring extra to reapply throughout the day.

4. Dress fashionable but comfortable

London Pride is a celebration of diversity and freedom to be yourself, no matter who you are or where you’re from. Be expressive and wear colourful tank tops and shorts or other Pride merchandise that embraces the rainbow! So go crazy with your wardrobe, but take the heat into consideration; light, fun, colourful and outrageous is the way to go.

5. Go with friends

Pride is about connecting, meeting new people and celebrating with the ones you love. Get a group of friends together and have some fun. You can fly solo if you choose, but your chances of staying safe and having fun are improved by grouping up.

Over a million people joined the parade in London 2018, marching, dancing and laughing to campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. 2018’s parade was monumental, but 2019’s is going to be even bigger.

As such, make sure you plan your travel carefully. London is busy enough on a weekday, but with over a million people celebrating Pride 2019, public transport is going to be very busy. Fortunately, we've got a few Underground tips to help you get around when it's busy.

If you're planning a Pride weekend visit to London, book your stay at Grange Hotels. Here, you can enjoy bespoke luxury right in the heart of the capital.

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