Pride in London is back!
Following two years of pandemic-induced cancellations on the bounce, London’s world-renowned Pride Parade has been given the go-ahead for 2022.
After the 2020 and 2021 events were sadly cancelled, you can put the date of July 2, 2022 in your calendars for a big ol’ party to make up for lost time. This also marks 50 years since the very first Pride march in the capital.
Christopher Joell-Deshields, executive director for Pride in London, said: “We are excited for the return of Pride in London and the opportunity for the LGBT+ community to come together to celebrate our diversity, progress, and individuality.
“The Pride movement continues to evolve. Organisers across the UK and the world share a collective mission to elevate our community’s voice and raise awareness of the inequality and injustices locally, nationally and globally.”
Last year, the date was pushed back from its usual July date to September, before eventually needing to scale back completely due to Covid-19. Thousands did, however, take to the streets for celebrations, but the usual parade was a huge miss for the city.
Now, assuming all goes to plan, we have a Pride Parade on the cards that celebrates the 50-year landmark, as well as makes up for two lost years.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan spoke about the welcome return of Pride, saying: “We have hugely missed having the opportunity to march together for the last two years.
“The march of solidarity and celebration has had a huge impact on our society over the last five decades, and by joining together this summer we will again show the world that London is a beacon of inclusiveness, acceptance and diversity.”
The Pride Parade for the 50th Anniversary of the first Pride March in London takes place on July 2, 2022.