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Pride in London: What you need to know about the annual LGBT festival and parade

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Pride in London is one of the world’s biggest LGBT celebrations, with thousands of revellers taking part in the parades and performances across the British capital. Here is everything you need to know about the festival and parade.

When does it start?

The London Pride Festival takes place from Friday 10 to Sunday 26 June. The main events, including the world-famous parade, will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.

What’s on during the festival?

The festival includes theatre, dance, art, music, debates and conferences – and even self-defence classes. The inaugural Pride in London Spectacular – a night of music and entertainment on London’s Southbank – will take place on Monday 13 June from 7.45pm.

The LGBT+ choir, the Pink Singers, will perform a specially-commissioned Pride Anthem which will be performed in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 25 June.

Pride in London has even moved abroad. A small London Pride delegation will attend the Baltic Pride on Saturday 18 June, to support LGBT equality in eastern Europe. See here for a full list of events taking place during the festival.

Where does the parade take place?

Starting at 1pm, the parade leaves Baker Street and turns into Oxford Street, heading past Bond Street station before branching into Regent Street as it moves towards Piccadilly Circus. It then heads down Lower Regent Street and onto Waterloo Place, before continuing towards Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square. The parade route, which is around two miles in total, finishes at Whitehall Place.

Where can I watch the parade?

The streets will be closed and viewers will be able to watch the parade from the barriers. Oxford Circus and Regent Street will be extremely busy, so the organisers have advised revellers to avoid these areas.

To avoid heavy congestion, those travelling into central London to watch the parade are advised not to head to Oxford Circus or Regent Street, but Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square or Charing Cross instead. ibtimes.co.uk

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