Brighton Pride cancelled for second year in a row

Organisers are "heartbroken" at the decision.


Brighton and Hove Pride 2021 has been cancelled because of COVID for a second consecutive year.

The UK’s biggest pride festival had been planned for August 7 and 8, but organisers said they “cannot risk the health and safety” of visitors and staff.

Organisers said: “We are heartbroken to have to announce the cancellation of Brighton & Hove Pride’s Community Parade, Pride Village Party and Pride Festival on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August 2021.

They also added that “the need for community has never been stronger” and they are “devastated to have to cancel for a second year”

Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton Pride added: “Community fundraising has always been our main objective for Pride, but without the safety net of viable COVID cancellation insurance, we cannot jeopardise our ability to deliver a sustainable fundraising Pride in future years.”

While many music festivals are going full steam ahead for this summer, the lack of insurance available in the event of cancellation has forced some festivals to pre-emptively cancel for 2021. Just a couple of weeks ago, Boomtown also made the difficult call to cancel their August 2021 event, despite the government roadmap still pointing towards June 21 as the potential return of mass gatherings.