Pride in London launches major community consultation to determine future of Parade
Pride in London, the UK’s largest LGBT+ event, is launching a major consultation with community groups, stakeholders and supporters to determine the future direction of its annual Parade.
Since the Pride in London community interest group took over running the city’s pride celebrations, the event has more than doubled in size. This year, 600 groups - a 25 per cent increase on the previous year - walked the route from Portland Place to Trafalgar Square, with over 30,000 people from all parts of the LGBT+ community taking place in the march.
In the past two years, the Parade has been heavily oversubscribed, leading Pride in London directors to launch a consultation to consider options for the future. The consultation will take into account the operational constraints the organisation faces so that London’s transport infrastructure and businesses are not unreasonably impacted by the event.
Alison Camps, Co-Chair of Pride in London, said: “Every year we take on board feedback from our community groups, strategic partners, volunteers and other stakeholders to help make the following year’s Pride in London the best it can possibly be. With the Parade heavily oversubscribed for the past two years, we’re aware we need to be proactive with solutions so we can continue to be as inclusive as possible. A key part of our consultation is a survey, and we are inviting responses from across the LGBT+ community to help us think about how we best manage this going forward.”
The survey for Pride in London’s community consultation takes just a few minutes to complete and can be found here.
The organisers have also announced the date for next year’s Pride in London Parade as Saturday 27th June. Plans are already well underway for the 2020 theme, as well as for the events that make up the annual Pride Festival that takes place across the month before the Parade day. Applications for the 2020 Parade will open in the new year.
With 2020 preparations in full swing, Pride in London is also recruiting for a number of roles across multiple teams. Michael Salter-Church, Co-Chair for Pride in London, added: “Every year I am amazed by the kindness and dedication that our volunteers give in putting on Pride. I am also humbled by the new friends, colleagues and allies that we make along the way, and the real sense of family that we have. To those that volunteered this year I’d like to say thank you. And to those who want to find out about 2020 I’d say come along to our Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 9th November at Palestra.”
For more information on current openings at Pride in London, please visit volunteer.prideinlondon.org.