This year’s Brighton & Hove Pride has been cancelled.
The event was due to take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August.
In a statement the Pride committee said that they were “heartbroken” to cancel the event, which is the biggest LGBTQ+ Pride event in the country.
Paul Kemp, the Director of Brighton Pride, said: “We are devastated at having to make this decision for a second year and recognise the huge impact on local businesses, charities and community groups who rely on the fundraising potential of the Pride weekend.
“Pride attracts tens of thousands of people to our city for the LGBTQ+ community parade which is the heart of the Pride celebrations, where social distancing clearly can’t be facilitated safely. Our planning has also identified significant supply chain challenges including infrastructure, security and staffing making it impossible to deliver a safe event with any certainty.
“Community fundraising has always been our main objective for Pride, but without the safety net of viable Covid cancelation insurance, we cannot jeopardise our ability to deliver a sustainable fundraising Pride in future years.
“I’d like to thank all of our contractors, suppliers and partner agencies who have tried their upmost to help us move forward with planning, and to everyone who has purchased a ticket for their understanding and support, we can’t wait to bring Pride back in 2022 better than ever.”
Ticket-holders have the opportunity of rolling over their tickets for the Pride event in 2022; donating the face value of their ticket to the Brighton Rainbow Fun; or applying for a refund ion the face value of their ticket.
Brighton & Hove Pride will continue to organise smaller pop-up events throughout the summer which will comply with Covid-safe guidelines.
For more information visit Brighton and Hove Pride