The London Pride Parade returns this summer for its 50th anniversary

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ondon’s world famous Pride parade returns this summer after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The annual celebration of London’s LGBT + community returns to the streets of the capital on Saturday 2 July, marking 50 years since Britain’s first Pride march.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has welcomed the return of pride, saying “we have greatly missed having the opportunity to march together for the past two years”.

Khan said: “The solidarity and celebration march has had a huge impact on our society over the last five decades, and by joining this summer we will once again show the world that London is a beacon of inclusiveness, acceptance and diversity. “

Although there was no official Pride march last year due to the pandemic, a separate Reclaim Pride event took place where thousands of people flocked to the streets of London in an attempt to return the event to its roots as a protest against discrimination as well as the increasing commercialization of Pride.

Pride in London, funded by the Mayor of London and overseen by a board of volunteer directors, had been the subject of much scrutiny over allegations of racism, bullying and exploitation within the organization.

Last year, Pride in London pulled up the entire community advisory board along with its most senior black employee due to concerns about racism in the organization.

But ahead of this year’s march, Pride in London has announced that they are working in partnership with UK Black Pride “to jointly celebrate the diversity of the LGBT + community and the history of Pride together”.

Christopher Joell-Deshields, CEO of Pride in London, said: “We are excited about Pride returning to London and the opportunity for the LGBT + community to come together to celebrate our diversity, progress and individuality.

“The Pride movement continues to evolve. Organizers across the UK and the world share a collective mission to raise the voice of our society and raise awareness of inequality and injustice locally, nationally and globally”.

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