Fifty years ago, the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality was passed in England and Wales. To celebrate this momentous event in history, Croydon PrideFest returns in July with the theme 50 Years Of LGBT Equality.
Last year Croydon saw the second largest Pride event in London, with around 3,000 people joining the event at Surrey Street and 500 people participating in the parade down North End.
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for economy and jobs, in a press release said: “I am thrilled PrideFest is returning to Croydon following the overwhelming success of last year’s event. Croydon is a wonderfully diverse borough and the return of the festival will ensure our LGBT+ community is celebrated.
“Croydon Pride is about spreading hope that not only are things getting better for the LGBT+ community, but that they will continue to improve thanks to those who have and continue to, battle for equal rights both in the UK and abroad. It’s also a chance to remember the LGBT+ people in many parts of the world who still suffer persecution, imprisonment, violence and death.”
The festival will run from 1pm-8pm on July 15, and this year has moved to Queen’s Gardens. Expect live music, talks and conferences, art, theatre and much more from the local LGBT+ community.
Paula Goodwin, chair of the newly formed Pride steering group, said in a press release: “It’s great to see the return of Croydon Pride after last year’s fantastic event. I’m delighted the council and police continue to show their support to Croydon’s LGBT+ community and their commitment to ensuring the borough is a safe and welcoming destination for all.”
Submissions are now open for anyone who wants to get involved and bring their own event to Pride.