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Brighton Pride 2012 confirmed

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  1. Staircase2 7 Mar 2012, 4:14pm

    I cant believe theyre STILL thinking its perfectly acceptable to make Pride a ticketed event.
    (and just for the record: for many if not most people, ‘Pride’ IS the festival in the park and not the march)

    I cant believe theyre going down this route given how telling the experience of London doing that has been.

    Pride SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT MAKING MONEY/PROFIT.

    Its not just another ‘party’ event – Pride is a rite of passage for most LGBT people – to have a commercial enterprise waltz in and suddenly make that a ticketed event is disgusting.

    I hope it fails to be honest

    1. Was right with you until the ‘hope it fails’ bit – that’s a bit mean spirited

    2. I can’t believe you’re deluded enough to believe that such a large event can be staged without the need to guarantee it’s income. Previous prides have resulted in large losses because of the need to pay for headline acts, policing, first aid, toilets, fencing, security, marquees, sound systems, etc. Collecting donation money just does get them enough to stage the event.

      London pride festivals eventually failed because the cost was too high and the acts poor – all they had were fly-by-night pop acts. Therefore a reasonable charge is the way to keep the event going at all. Pride first needs be profitable to be able to donate money to charities

      1. Patrick Lyster-Todd 8 Mar 2012, 2:29pm

        The voice of reason and common sense from Brian. People are truly living in cloud cookoo land if they really think that Pride (the festival in the park) can be achieved without extensive expenditure. For what it’s worth, the London ticketed festivals ultimately failed as too many people wanted something for nothing. I can promise you that some of the (gay) investors in the London events never even got their outlay back, never mind any profit – which they’d have been entitled to for having risked their money in the first case. Ultimately, we have no one to blame but ourselves if those of us who can pay for a great day out don’t (even with our subsidising our less fortunate unemployed brothers and sisters).

    3. You hope it fails? And you think that would be in the best interest of the gay community? If you’re so disgusted by Brighton pride you could organise a non ticketed, not for profit, non ‘party’ event.

  2. If you’ve been to Brighton Pride over the past few years you’d understand why its become a ticketed event. Before 2011 the park had become far too busy. You really couldn’t move around the park and enjoy what was actually going on. Plus, it had become ‘the event’ for underage kids wanting to get pissed and for a small minority to cause trouble.

    Last years Brighton Pride was lovely. Being able to get a taste of everything that was going on in the park, not just get stuck in one place!

  3. Great news. James Ledward in particular has been a huge asset to the gay community in Brighton. Roll on Brighton pride 2012!

  4. Elaine Cruickshank 8 Mar 2012, 2:11am

    TheLatest.TV-Interview with James Ledward about Brighton Gay Pride – PART 2/2

    1. Elaine Cruickshank 8 Mar 2012, 2:12am

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