Pride: a feeling of satisfaction derived from the achievements of one's close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales and what better way to celebrate this landmark achievement than at the UK’s largest Pride festival here in Brighton and Hove.

As a ‘festival we can all be proud of’, the Pride Community Parade ‘Carnival of Diversity – Summer of Love’ looks set to once again be the most strikingly visual and exciting event of 2017.

pride logo.jpgWith an estimated 200,000 people set to participate and attend this year’s festival, the event can trace its roots all the way back to the 1970s when attitudes and legislation were sadly not what they are today.

A demonstration through the streets of Brighton in October 1972 by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) was swiftly followed in 1973 by a full Pride march. These campaigners and supporters shaped the Pride movement, helping to achieve equality for the LGBT community.

On Saturday 5th August, thousands of people from every different community and walk of life will take to the streets of our fair city to celebrate our diversity and show pride in those original LGBT trailblazers.

As a not for profit community interest company, since 2012 Pride has raised over £300,000 for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund – and as Brighton residents that’s something we should all be proud of.