Smiles, Colours and Rainbows

Pride Festival

London city is set to be a sea of rainbows and smiles over the weekend. Filled with colour and passion celebrating its 46th year this Saturday 7th of July. Wide range of arts to be performing such as Theatrical performances from the cast of West End show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Aladdin, The Lion King and Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act. Musical performances from Sophie Ellis bextor, Eurovision contestant SuRiehe, London Gay Men’s Choir and many more.

The meaning of pride celebrated 46 years ago is much different to what it is now. In todays society it is seen in many different ways such as protest, a celebration, a symbol of freedom or a platform for diversity but compapring to 46 years ago, the acceptance of the LGBTQ community today is much more renowned. On the other hand, a report earlier this year stated that 1 in 3 members of the LGBTQ community still face verbal abuse so the conversation is still a topic up for debate however, in comparison to 46 years ago, this is the most vocal the world has ever been. And in a way, this makes sense as the popular use of technology and social media makes this a ‘shrinking world’ as we are exposed to each side of the spectrum of millions of peoples opinions and way of life where accepting differences will become the norm, but yet again, time will heal all.

The parade route starts at Portland Place and moves down Oxford Circus, passing along Regent Street, through Piccadilly Circus to Pall Mall and passing Trafalgar Square before finishing up on Whitehall