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When Is London Pride? Everything You Need To Know About The Event In 2023

Jasmyne Jeffery June 2, 2023

Now Pride Month is here, it’s time to start planning everything you want to do to celebrate and raise awareness. One of the biggest events is in the UK’s capital, with thousands taking part. We answer all your questions on the event, including where and when London Pride is, and how walking in the parade works.

Decided after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, June is all about Pride, with February being LGBTQ+ History Month.

Events will be taking place across the UK over the next few weeks to acknowledge Pride Month. It’s a cause for celebration of who we all are, but also important awareness for the struggles the community still faces.

One of which will be in London, one of the most popular parades in June.

When Is London Pride 2023?

This year, Pride in London is being held on Saturday, July 1.

The parade and more are always held on the closest Saturday to the Stonewall Riots that began it all over 50 years ago. It was first held back in 1972 and had around 2000 participants.

For 2023, there will be over 500 groups in attendance and over 30,000 participants in the Pride in London parade.

Unfortunately, applications for the parade are now closed. However, there are still plenty of ways you can take part in all things LGBTQ+.

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Where Is London Pride?

The parade begins in Hyde Park and makes its way to Whitehall Place, starting at approximately 12pm (TBC). It’s a long but important walk, giving the community a voice. Plus, it moved quite slowly so it shouldn’t be too challenging. Just make sure you wear sun cream!

If you’re not marching, there are plenty of things happening in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. Here, they’ll be food stalls and plenty of refreshments, as well as viewing platforms for the march and community stalls.

In both locations, there is an event stage, hosting talks and other happenings throughout the day.

How To Get Involved

Though the group applications are now closed, you can still march as an independent participant. Or, if you want to contribute even more on the day, you can volunteer as a steward, joining 1000 others who are giving their time for a great cause.

Typically, you can also register to be a flag bearer, but all the places have been filled for Pride in London 2023. This is definitely something to consider for future Pride events as it’s something you’ll never forget.

It’s certainly not too late to get involved, even if you decide not to march and just want to enjoy all the events that are being put on.

Plus, you can share all your memories with some of our Pride captions perfect for Instagram after!

Whatever you do, enjoy yourself and stay safe!

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.