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Considering the doom and gloom other gay businesses.
the Met Offi ce were spreading for On arriving at Preston Park, the fl oats
days before, come the morning of disgorged their contents under a greying
Brighton Pride itself (1 August), sky and we piled in to the park to enjoy
it was reassuring to fi nd that the the funfair, market stalls and other
trains from London to the coast off erings. Sadly, just after 2pm the
were as packed as ever. As we arrived meteorological boffi ns were proved right
at the parade there was even some and the heavens opened. The park soon
sunshine and blue sky! became a muddy quagmire and emptied
Boy George rocks the Wild Fruit tent
Exactly on time (how very un-gay!), the out prematurely, but the Curiosity Cabaret
Police took their usual place at the head Tent and the Wild Fruit Big Top Dance Tent
of the rainbow snake and began the remained rammed to capacity. Highlights
procession through the heart of the city were numerous but included Boy George
of Brighton and Hove. The theme, ‘Beside in the aforementioned Wild Fruit tent,
the Seaside’ was interpreted in a variety of Topping and Butch in the cabaret tent
ways, from Victorian ‘ladies’ to sailor boys and lesbians mud wrestling in front of
to mermaids and exotic sea creatures. A a bemused tent of wet bears. Another
seemingly much more inclusive parade truly classic Brighton Pride – the best free
than Pride London, in Brighton all the festival in the country.
town’s big clubs take part, as do the
majority of the bars, sports clubs and www.brightonpride.org
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