Brighton Pride may have been postponed until next year, denying us the opportunity to see Mariah Carey's first ever Pride performance this August (curse you, coronavirus), but organisers have promised a fitting tribute to current world events when the event returns.
Organisers have revealed that the theme for next year's Pride parade - set to take place on Saturday 7 August 2021 - will be 'Over the Rainbow', honouring the NHS, key workers, and the LGBTQ community groups that are currently working to keep us all safe.
Proud and excited to announce the new theme for next year’s LGBTQ+ Community Parade will be OVER THE RAINBOW, a fabulous celebration of our NHS & Key workers and LGBTQ+ community organisations that have supported us through these difficult times.https://t.co/QASDEbgq0W pic.twitter.com/ZVc5gkGzLf— Brighton & Hove Pride (@PrideBrighton) May 7, 2020
"The Parade will highlight the terrific work and sacrifice made by NHS and key frontline workers as well as the essential community organisations that provide so much support throughout the year", a statement from organisers reads.
"It will also be a special year for Brighton & Hove Pride, as we will celebrate thirty years of campaigning, protest and a celebration of diversity in our great city."
Brighton Pride, which has raised close to £1million for local community groups over the last six years, will also see the return of the Fabuloso – Pride on the Park festival in Preston Park on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August 2021.
Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton & Hove Pride said: “The Pride Parade has always been such a vibrant and colourful event that brings our communities together to celebrate diversity, inclusion and our unique city.
"Over the Rainbow celebrates the hope, spirit and unity of all our communities and we sincerely hope that Pride 2021 will be a time for everyone to come back together to celebrate our communities, amazing NHS Staff and key workers."