Brighton Pride cancelled for second year in a row because of Covid

A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried along the sea front during Brighton Pride 2018
A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried along the sea front during Brighton Pride 2018 (Picture: Getty)

Brighton & Hove Pride has been cancelled for the second year in a row because of ongoing uncertainty around coronavirus.

The UK’s biggest pride festival had been planned for August 7 and 8, but organisers said they ‘cannot risk the health and safety’ of visitors and staff.

They said: ‘We are heartbroken to have to announce the cancellation of Brighton & Hove Pride’s Community Parade, Pride Village Party and Pride Festival on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August 2021.

‘We know the need for community has never been stronger and Brighton & Hove Pride is one of Europe’s biggest Pride Festivals attracting thousands of people from across the UK to attend multiple events across the city including the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade.

‘Delivering Pride requires an all year-round planning cycle working closely with our partner agencies and, while the vaccine rollout continues to be successful, the many uncertainties that need to be resolved to safely deliver mass gatherings and the complexities of organising Pride in our City are impossible to achieve in the time we have, so based on the best information available to us at this time we are heartbroken to have to cancel for a second year. We cannot risk the health and safety of Pride visitors, residents and the hundreds of staff and volunteers that help deliver Pride.’

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