Croydon PrideFest: When is it, where is it and what’s happening?
Pride returns to the town for the first time in decades on Sunday, August 28, with Croydon PrideFest, putting the town firmly on the map for celebrating local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) communities in London. Expect plenty of music, dance, food and drink and fun – and of course a colourful parade. Deborah Morris has all you need to know about what is happening and when
Where is it all happening and at what time?
Surrey Street will be the centre of all the fun, between 1 and 8pm.
When does the PrideParade start and what is the route?
CARNIVAL: Pride parades, like London Pride pictured this year, are known for their vibrancyMayor of Croydon, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, the town’s first openly gay mayor, will launch the parade. Pride parades are renowned for their vibrancy, sparkle, headdresses, big wigs, fun and flamboyance so expect a cornucopia of colour to gather in North End at 12.30pm. There will be entertainment to get everyone in the festival mood as people arrive.
The parade will set off along North End at 1.30pm and make its way to the main festival area in Surrey Street. Leading the way will be Rainbows Across Borders, a voluntary self-help group for LGBT asylum seekers. Their chorus, Rainbow Singers Across Borders, will keep the parade at full voice. Among the groups taking part in the parade will be Crystal Palace FC LGBT supporters’ group Proud and Palace.
What else will there be to see at do at PrideFest?
HAPPY: London Pride revellers have a great timeThe main festival stage in Surrey Street will play host to music, theatre and dance acts throughout the day.
Singer and songwriter Christopher Haul, who has worked with top producers behind the likes of Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue and Destiny’s Child, will be performing and compering. He has supported McFly and Robbie Williams and was part of the first Digital Pride festival at London’s Heaven nightclub.
Comedy double act Topping and Butch, known for their Edinburgh Festival and Radio 4 appearances, will be one of the headline acts.
On the decks will be DJ Stewart Who, a resident DJ at London clubs and bar. Also confirmed is singer and songwriter Oggie, who is currently starring in the the West End musical, Thriller. Keep an eye on the PrideFest website for more acts on the line up.
ON STAGE: Christopher Haul and OggieThere will also lots of food and drink and Crafty Group, the team behind the Crafty Purley and Croydon Craft Beer festivals, will be there. It’s a day out for the kids too with a family area with activities such as face painting to keep the little ones entertained. Community groups and charities will be showing us what work they do.
Where can I head to for the AfterParty?
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IN THE PINK: You may have been to Brighton PrideThe festival might finish at 8pm, but the fun doesn’t stop there. There will be several official after-parties around London, including the party at Luna in High Street, which is free to get in, so just make your way there. It starts at 8pm, finishes at 3pm . All drinks will be half price until 9pm and a live DJ will take to the decks at 11pm.
Project B in Bell Hill is also holding a free after party from 5pm.