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I am a gay woman, and although Im not usually part of 'the scene' or by any means the shout about it crowd I really wanted to visit Brighton Pride as it is probably the most famous one in the UK every summer.
Its usually on the bank holiday weekend but was on the 13th August this time. This year the actual pride party was a ticketed event to try and make it safer compared to previous years where they had problems with drinking in the street, violence and residents felt unsafe.
The parade was the highlight of the day for me, we stood on a pavement and waited for about 15minutes and eventually heard the parade coming nearer! We had a great spot at the front and were able to wave, dance and take pictures of the floats going past. A real effort had been made by everyone and some of the costumes and samba bands gave it a great atmosphere. It was really friendly, the police and security people were all smiling and it felt very safe.
After spending a few hours in Brighton on the seafront catching up with friends, we made the 20 minute walk up the hill to Preston Park where the parade finished its walk and the party was in full swing. We saw some great DJs in the main tent, briefly visited the womens tent which was rubbish and was too crushed and bright.
I think if I had just visited the party with my girlfriend we would have felt a bit intimidated whilst at the party as we got there quite late and everyone was wasted! Thankfully we met up with friends and this made it a lot better. The music was good, there was a real mix of straight and gay people.
After the party we walked back to the station. In the streets surrounding the park there were a lot of fights going on between younger party goers but the police were straight on it. The nearer we got to the station the quieter it was and the police were making sure the station was safe. They did an excellent job it was so well organised and it made our day feel very safe and we had a great time. I will definately go next year although I may just go for the parade and then stay at the seafront.
Tickets to the party were £12.50 per person from ticketmaster and train to brighton from london was £29 for 2 people with one railcard