The UK’s biggest Pride event wants you to join them, and thousands of others, in marching together through the capital 🌈
BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE
That’s right, people, Pride In London has opened applications for its 2019 Parade, encouraging community groups of all shapes and sizes to get involved and march through the capital on Saturday 6 July – fancy it?
As with previous years, groups will be required to fill in an application form which can be found at apply.prideinlondon.org.
Applications are then reviewed by Pride In London in accordance with their Parade Policy as well as by their Community Advisory Board.
Crucially this year, Pride In London are making it very clear that, “groups which don’t share Pride in London’s core values – such as celebrating every part of the community – will not be authorised to take part.”
Those behind the event are taking “active steps” to ensure the events of 2018 (during which a small group of anti-trans protestors forced their way to the front of the parade) do not happen again and that the trans community, “feel welcome and safe at Pride In London.”
Last year saw a record number of Parade applications, with interest up 50% on the 2017. Parade capacity also increased last year, meaning Pride In London saw its biggest, most diverse Parade ever, including more than 30,000 people in 469 groups – #TeamDIVA included.
“Launching Parade applications is always one of the most exciting times in our calendar,” said Co-Chair of Pride in London, Ali Camps.
“We love seeing the various groups who want to get involved – whether they’re big or small, familiar faces or new to Pride In London, and of course representing all areas of the LGBT+ community.
“This year’s Parade is particularly significant on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and we want to make sure that Pride continues to be the safe space it was intended to be.
“That means this year we’ll be working with our partners to ensure the entire community – and particularly our trans siblings – feels welcome, safe and celebrated.”
For those looking to join the Parade as individuals, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved again in 2019 – ranging from, “carrying the giant rainbow flag” to joining the individuals group, with more info to come later this month.
Applications are also now open for groups and businesses looking to hire a stall on the day of the Parade, click here to find out more about that boss women.
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