My family loves to celebrate, so it is no surprise that our favourite summer event in London is Pride. Every year we seem to perfectly time our summer holidays around the parade in particular. It’s like a big, loud travelling party of love down to Victoria Park. Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 28! If you’ve never been before, here’s what you need to know!
You can go dressed as you would normally dress, but it’s SO much more fun to wear all the colours of the rainbow – socks, shirts, hats, dresses, tights, tutus, umbrellas, ribbons, etc.
Buy a rainbow flag. Or bring a rainbow flag from home! Make one! Wear it in your hair. Wave it in the air like you just don’t care.
Smile, wave, sing, dance, laugh, hold hands, hug, shout out words of love and support, and clap – the happiness is contagious.
Take lots of pictures because you are going to want something to remember it until next summer. Sometimes just looking at my photographs of the Pride parade brings tears of happiness to my eyes.
The only thing better than watching the parade from the sidelines is being IN it. Gather friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and sign up here OR just show up at the fairgrounds and join a group! My daughter and her friends just showed up in the parking lot one year, and they got to help carry the GIANT flag at the very end of the parade, and she loved every minute of it!
And when the last float passes by you, JOIN IT! Just follow the parade – walk right into Victoria Park. The party continues! It’s a giant Pride festival in the park! All of this is FREE! Make it a whole day of fun and celebration of love!
Written by Nadine Reeves, Communications & Marketing Coordinator