Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest airport has partnered with Brighton Pride Festival 2017 to be the first ever sponsor of the event’s biggest attraction, the Brighton Pride Community Parade.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community event has become the UK’s biggest Pride festival with over 300,000 people participating in the celebrations across the city last year.
This year’s event is themed ‘Summer of Love’, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, and is expected to a attract huge numbers of participants, spectators and visitors from across Sussex and further afield for what, according to Tourism South East, is the biggest event and tourist attraction in Brighton.
A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said: “As a partner of Brighton Pride, Gatwick is proud to be leading this year’s parade with our branded bus, as the first ever Community Parade Sponsor. Gatwick enjoys close links with the Brighton community and has been a strong supporter of the Pride event. With the airport just 30 minutes away by rail, we look forward to welcoming many of the international visitors who will once again be flying into Gatwick from the more than 220 destinations Gatwick serves.”
Last year’s Brighton Pride Festival raised £100,000 bringing the total to £310,000 raised over the past 4 years for LGBT and HIV organisations and good causes across Sussex. Beneficiaries included Allsorts Youth Project, Lunch Positive, LGBT Community Safety Forum, MindOut, Peer Action and Clare Project.
Paul Kemp, Brighton Pride Community Interest Company, said: “We are delighted that Gatwick Airport has once again partnered with Brighton & Hove Pride. Pride has evolved over the years with more communities coming together to celebrate the diversity of our city. Many of our international visitors will fly into the event through Gatwick and, with grant funding no longer in existence, their support for the Community Parade is essential in enabling even more community groups to participate in Sussex and Brighton’s biggest single event.”
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