What’s the Pride Parade about?

The first Parades happened in 1970 to celebrate the first anniversary of Stonewall.

The Stonewall riots happened in 1969 in New York City. They were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhatten, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent.

This was a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ social movements.

Why is it called Pride?

You may have wondered where and how ‘Pride’ originated. The term ‘Pride’ is used as opposed to shame and social stigma and is the outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights groups and movements around the world.

Pride has lent it’s name to LGBT themed events, organistaions, institutes, book titles, foundations and more.

Get involved

Get involved!

Anyone can be involved in the parade it is not exclusive to the LGBT+ community. We encourage diversity and support equality so everyone is welcome.

We’re keen to have sponsors and partners involved in our parade, perhaps with a float or costumed participants. 2019’s Eastbourne Pride march had 542 people taking part with supporters lining streets along the route so it’s a great opportunity for local exposure and to align your business values with equality and to be inclusive.  If you want to be involved in the parade itself you’ll need to confirm this with Eastbourne Pride organisers, you cannot just show up on the day.

Join the Parade

The Parade is back for 2022 and we’re so excited after the disappointment of having to take the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 parade.

We encourage anyone who wants to get involved in the parade for 2022 to email info@eastbournepride.org