Ride Month begins on June 1 each year, with the annual London Pride Parade kicking off in early July.
Every June, London is packed with parades, parties and demonstrations for London Pride, to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
This year’s London Pride Parade will begin on July 2, as people retrace the original route of the first Pride March in 1972.
However, this year’s celebrations are set to be particularly epic, with Pride London celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as the reopening of the event 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ LGBT+ community with a program of events showcasing LGBT+ culture, including theatre, dance, art, film, parties and activities throughout the city.
Each year it is marked by a parade through the city, usually culminating in a colorful Pride in London parade, which takes place in central London alongside free performances in Trafalgar Square and the West End.
Join the celebration to see over 300 floats traveling through London, as well as bands performing, singing and dancing in the streets of London.
In the evening, Soho is overrun with parties and events, all of which take place in the pubs, bars and clubs of 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 bring change ‘towards progress’.
The parade will also retrace the original route of the inaugural Pride March in 1972.
It will call on the UK government to ban conversion therapy, reform gender recognition, as well as provide equal protection for LGBT+ communities against hate crimes, end its hostile environment towards migrants, establish a national AIDS memorial and play a leading role in tackling
What is the theme for London Pride 2022?
The theme for London Pride 2022 is #AllOurPride – a nod to the fact that this year’s Pride “will unite the past, present and future of Pride, from all corners of the LGBT community”.
Organizers of this year’s Pride have said they want to use it to “march for progress”.
It’s also a commemoration of the past 50 years of Pride, with the event’s website stating that this year’s campaign will: “commemorate the past 50 years and our evolution as a movement; recognizing the torchbearers who have gone before us and their accomplishments.
“As we celebrate and look forward to the next 50 years, we will recognize the challenges our community still faces nationally and globally.”
Organizers are also calling on the UK government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people, reform gender recognition law, provide equal protection to LGBT+ communities from hate crimes, and establish a memorial national AIDS, and more.
In addition to the parade, there will also be plenty of events to get involved with during Pride Month throughout June, as well as side events and parties taking place throughout the summer.
Who’s in the line-up for London Pride 2022?
Singers Emeli Sandé, Ava Max and Eurovision winner Netta are among the stars performing at Pride London 2022, the organization has announced.
Entertaining spectators at the July 2 parade include RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winners The Vivienne and Lawrence Chaney and fan favorites Tia Kofi and Victoria Scone.
Other names who will also perform include Irish pop singer Samantha Mumba and Long Hot Summer singer Kat Graham, who are due to appear on the Trafalgar Square stage.
Meanwhile, the event’s stage in Leicester Square will be dedicated to showcasing female, non-binary and trans performers and performers, the organization said.
What is the route for London Pride 2022?
The parade will start at Hyde Park Corner, the terminus of the very first march, before heading towards Piccadilly, then south to Haymarket and Trafalgar Square, before ending at Whitehall Place.
What are the times for this year’s London Pride 2022 events?
This year, London Pride 2022 will start at 12:00 at Hyde Park Corner, with the Haymarket Grandstand open from around 11:00.
Events will take place throughout the day for Pride 2022.
Here’s a collection of some of the best, and their times:
London Pride Parade 2022
- July 2, 2022 – The London Pride Parade departs from Baker Street in Whitehall.
London Pride Post Parade party and stage
- July 2, 2022 – The main stage is in Trafalgar Square. Here you will find British and international artists and DJs who will entertain you after the parade. The party lasts until late at night.
- In Soho, the Dean Street Stage will feature a range of acts from a wide range, including many Pride’s Got Talent finalists.
- At the Carré d’Or, the Rainbow Party Out With The Family will offer a more relaxed and family atmosphere.
How can I celebrate London Pride 2022?
There are so many ways to get involved and celebrate London Pride 2022.
Not only is there a huge range of acts, but there are also many other events and parties to attend across the country and the capital.
Read our ultimate guide here.