Pride Month begins on June 1 each year, with London’s annual Pride Parade kicking off in early July.
Every June, London is filled with parades, parties and protests for London Pride, to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots.
This year, London’s Pride Parade will kick off on July 2, as people retrace the original path of the inaugural 1972 pride march.
However, this year’s celebrations are expected to be particularly epic, with Pride London celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as the event re-opening after two years of Covid-induced cancellations and live-streams.
Here’s everything you can expect...
What is Pride in London?
Pride in London celebrates the capital’s LGBT+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans + community with a programme of events, that showcase LGBT+ culture, including theatre, dance, art, cinema, parties and activities across the city.
Each year, it’s marked with a parade through the city, usually culminating in a colourful Pride in London parade, that takes place in central London, alongside free performances in Trafalgar Square and the West End.
Join the celebration in order to see more than 300 floats travel through London, as well as groups performing, singing and dancing in the streets of London.
In the evening, Soho is taken over with parties and events, all unfolding in the pubs, bars and clubs through the city.
When is London Pride 2022?
This year’s London Pride will take place on Saturday, July 2, in a march that aims to ‘make a powerful statement’ as well as make changes ‘towards progress’.
The parade will also trace the original path of the inaugural 1972 pride march.
It will be calling for the UK Government to ban conversion therapy, reform Gender Recognition, as well as providing equal protection for LGBT+ communities against hate crime, end its hostile environment towards migrants, establish a national Aids memorial, and to take a leading role in tackling
What is the theme of London Pride 2022?
London Pride 2022’s theme is #AllOurPride - a nod to the fact that this year’s Pride will be ‘uniting the past, present and future of pride, from every corner of the LGBT community’.
The organisers of this year’s pride march have said that they want to use it to “march towards progress”.
It is also the commemoration of the last 50 years of Pride, with the website for the event saying this year’s campaign will: “commemorate the past 50 years and our evolution as a movement; acknowledging those torch bearers who have come before us and their achievements.”
“As we celebrate and look forward to the next 50 years, we’ll recognise the challenges still faced by our community nationally and globally.”
The organisers are also calling on the UK government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people, to reform the Gender Recognition act, and to provide equal protection for LGBT+ communities against hate crime, and to establish a national Aids memorial, and more.
As well as the parade, there’ll also be plenty of events to get involved with during Pride Month throughout June, as well as fringe events and parties that will spill out across the summer.
Who is in the line-up for London Pride 2022?
Among those entertaining parade-goers on July 2 include RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winners, The Vivienne, and Lawrence Chaney, and fan favourites, Tia Kofi and Victoria Scone.
Other names also set to perform include Irish pop singer Samantha Mumba, and Long Hot Summer singer Kat Graham, who are set to appear on the Trafalgar Square stage.
Meanwhile, the event’s stage in Leicester Square will be dedicated to showcasing women, non-binary, and trans entertainers and performers, said the organisation.
What is the route of London Pride 2022?
Thousands enjoy London Pride parade
The parade will begin at Hyde Park Corner, the terminus for the first-ever march, before wending its way down to Piccadilly, then south to Haymarket and Trafalgar Square, before ending at Whitehall Place.
What are the timings of events in this year’s London Pride 2022?
This year’s London Pride 2022 will start at noon at Hyde Park Corner, and the grandstand in Haymarket will be open from about 11am.
Events will be taking place throughout the day for Pride 2022.
Here are a collection of some of the best, and their timings:
London Pride Parade 2022
July 2nd 2022 – The London Pride Parade leaves from Baker Street to Whitehall.
London Pride Post Parade Party and Stage
July 2nd 2022 – The main stage is at Trafalgar square. Here you will find British and international acts and DJs entertaining you after the parade.The party lasts long into the night.
Over in Soho, the Dean Street Stage will feature a range of acts from a diverse spectrum, including many Pride’s Got Talent runners up.
In Golden Square, the Out With The Family Rainbow Fete will provide a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere.
How can I celebrate London Pride 2022?
There are a huge amount of ways that you can get involved, and celebrate London Pride 2022.
Not only is there an extensive line-up of acts, but there are also numerous other events and parties to attend across the country and capital.
Read our ultimate guide here.