It’s official: Brighton & Hove Pride 2018 weekend was the biggest ever! Four hundred and fifty thousand people visited the city across the weekend, including those who flocked to its beaches to take advantage of the good weather.
The Festival included for the first time, a Sunday rainbow family-friendly day, LOVEBN1FEST that was capped off by high-energy performances from Nile Rodgers and CHIC, as well as Jess Glynne. The highlight of the weekend for many was Britney Spears who wowed the crowd of 55,000 at Saturday’s Brighton Pride Festival, with the first performance of her ‘Piece of Me’ European Tour.
Brighton & Hove Pride Community Parade was also the largest, and most diverse ever, with over 300,000 people participating or watching the ‘Colour My World’ themed spectacular.
Despite the hot weather, the number of people who required medical attention across the weekend was in proportion with crowd numbers, and there were no fatalities. Police reported that only 40 arrests were made across the City for the weekend.
Brighton Pride contracted City Clean and additional private contractors to clean Preston Park, the Pride Village Party and the Old Steine on Saturday evening and on Sunday evening.
City Clean began cleaning operations city-wide and along the Parade route as soon as the Community Parade had passed.