Croydon PrideFest returns in July for third celebration

Croydon PrideFest 2017 Pic: Croydon PrideFest

Thousands of people are expected to throng the streets of Croydon on July 14 for the third Croydon PrideFest,  celebrating with the borough’s LGBT+ community.

The festival will start at 11:30 am with a parade from Croydon High Street’s North End to Wandle Park, the main event site, where live music, entertainment and food and drinks stalls are expected. A dance tent will be open until 10 pm to host the party. Confirmed performers include Asifa Lahore, star of Channel 4’s “Muslim Drag Queens”, and singer-songwriter Christopher Haul, according to Croydon Council.

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “PrideFest is an important part of our community and this event shows how open and inclusive Croydon is. That’s why the council is thoroughly pleased to sponsor this event.”

“Croydon’s community spirit is amazing and we’ll always support it in whatever way we can.”

As London’s second largest Pride Festival, the event last year saw 7,000 attending.

Paula Goodwin, Chair of Croydon Pride, said: “I’m so excited for Croydon PrideFest to be back for its third year. It has been a real success for the last two years and that has been largely due to our sponsors. The event would not be the same without community support, so if your company would like to be involved in any way, big or small, please do get in touch, and let’s work together to make PrideFest 2018 the biggest yet.”

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