Final Weekend Of Pride Festival

The final weekend of the Pride London Festival is about to begin and organizers say it has been the biggest one yet.

“Our outdoor festival in Victoria Park really has grown and has made our festival one of the premiere festivals in the city,” says Festival President Andrew Rosser. “It’s really due to a lot of the community partnerships that we’ve developed.”

Pride continues with a festival in Victoria Park throughout the weekend, and the 21st Annual Pride Parade on Sunday. The parade, which will have over 100 entries, begins at 12:30pm.

Rosser says support for the festival continues to grow. He says more and more businesses and organizations are getting involved, even those that do not have LGBT employees.

“I think all of the members of our community, the LGBT community, would agree that we wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for the support of our allies.”

He adds there are not as many protesters at the parade as there used to be.

“There are still people out there in London that are homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic,” says Rosser. “And that’s really why we celebrate pride and why we’ve launched our brand new campaign in London, the Hear It! Stop It! #NoBystanders Campaign.”

The goal of the campaign is for the community to take the pledge to stand up for human rights and to never be a bystander to homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language.

For a complete list of Pride events taking place this weekend, click here.