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Brighton Pride has revealed some of the highlights of the event that will take place on 2 August. The day begins with a parade from Madeira Drive, with 160,000 people expected to participate, followed by the festival in Preston Park.
The 2014 Pride Community Parade celebrates music, dance and colour from around the globe – from the diversity of disco to the sauciness of salsa – in keeping with this year’s Parade theme ‘The World’s a Disco’.
With its campaigning theme of ‘Freedom to Live’, the biggest ever Pride Community Parade will also highlight the plight of those global LGBT communities who have their basic right to live freely denied. The 2014 Parade will include 78 placards representing each of those countries where homosexuality is still illegal. Brighton Pride will take the opportunity to use the media spotlight to focus on LGBT people living in countries such as Oman, Somalia, Dominica, India, Tonga, Russia, Egypt and Iraq, who do not enjoy the freedoms that we can so often take for granted.
The festival includes two live stages and the hugely popular Wild Fruit dance tent, extended hours for 2014 and a Main Stage line-up that includes the Mercury Award nominated Katy B, multi-platinum selling Blue and X Factor diva Sam Bailey.
The Gaydar Q Live Music Stage, in association with National Student Pride, brings the best in live rock, indie, folk electronic and rap, including indie Brit-pop legends Republica and Lucy Spraggan.
The Legends Cabaret Tent will provide a day-long list of top performers, which this year includes La Voix, the star of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent and winner of London Cabaret Awards 2014 and Drag Idol 2012.
The Calabash Tent, which returns for its 11th year at Brighton Pride with live drummers, includes belly dancers, 100 piece samba bands, drag opera singers and an eclectic music policy where anything goes.
£1 from every ticket sold for Brighton Pride will be donated to the Rainbow Fund. Last year, over £43,000 was raised from Pride events and distributed via the independent Rainbow Fund to support local LGBT & HIV charities and organisations including Mind Out, The Clare Project, GEMS and Peer Action.
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