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Pride 2017

YMCA DownsLink Group is very happy to be entering a float in the Brighton and Hove Pride Parade this year, on Saturday 5 August.

Pride has many parts to it; the parade, the festival in the park, the dog show and the Village Party. This year’s theme is the ‘Summer of Love’, which marks the 50th anniversary of the de-criminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

With 200,000 participants and spectators in the parade, this is great opportunity for YMCA DLG to show support to LGBT people in a bid towards a more inclusive community where people feel free to be themselves, to express their love and to feel like they belong.

So in addition to being an opportunity to participate and celebrate the vibrant LGBT community in Brighton and Hove, there is also a serious side and we are celebrating how fortunate we are to live in a country where LGBT people are not criminalised because of their sexuality.

YMCA DLG have almost 100 people participating in our pride parade entry including staff, friends, family, service users and their friends and family. Many thanks also to Liam Russell Architects, Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP  Solicitors, Tullett Self Drive and Peter Jeffrey who are supporting us with our entry.

We have some really talented and creative people helping us create our float, without whom none of this would be possible. This year we are taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary and making costumes and designing a float that has a golden and 60s theme. The Beatles released the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 and we are hoping to recreate the iconic album cover….with a little artistic licence!

With only a few weeks to go, everyone is getting more than a little excited….the most important thing on everyone’s minds at the moment is .. What am I going to wear?!