Brighton Pride axed for second year running as fans mourn rainbow festival

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Brighton & Hove Satisfaction has been cancelled for the second yr in a row because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

By way of a press release issued on its official social media accounts and web site, the UK’s largest delight competition sadly revealed that the deliberate festivities scheduled for August 2021 couldn’t go forward as a result of well being and security dangers.

Heartbroken organisers acknowledged that the necessity for the neighborhood has by no means been stronger however they can not threat the well being and security of Satisfaction organisers and people planning to attend.

The official assertion reads: “We’re heartbroken to must announce the cancellation of Brighton & Hove Satisfaction’s Neighborhood Parade, the Satisfaction Village Celebration and Satisfaction Competition on Saturday seventh & Sunday eighth August 2021.

Brighton Satisfaction, pictured in 2019, has been cancelled but once more

“We all know the necessity for neighborhood has by no means been stronger and Brighton & Hove Satisfaction is one in all Europe’s largest Satisfaction Festivals attracting 1000’s of individuals from throughout the UK to attend a number of occasions throughout town together with the Satisfaction LGBTQ+ Neighborhood Parade.”

It went on: “Delivering Satisfaction requires an all year-round planning cycle working intently with our companion companies and, whereas the vaccine rollout continues to achieve success, the various uncertainties that must be resolved to securely ship mass gatherings and the complexities of organising Satisfaction in our Metropolis are not possible to attain within the time we’ve got, so based mostly on the most effective data out there to us right now we’re heartbroken to must cancel for a second yr.

“We can’t threat the well being and security of Satisfaction guests, residents and the a whole bunch of employees and volunteers that assist ship Satisfaction.”

Mariah Carey was supposed to headline Brighton Pride last year before it was scrapped over Covid
Mariah Carey was alleged to headline Brighton Satisfaction final yr earlier than it was scrapped over Covid

Inside minutes of the information breaking, social media was flooded with feedback and tweets from gutted ticket holders however understanding of the choice.

One Fb person acknowledged: “Thanks for the replace, a smart choice with the most effective pursuits of the well being of our neighborhood at coronary heart. I am certain you may come again greater and higher subsequent yr.”

Present ticket holders have the choice to use for a full refund of the face worth of their ticket, roll over their tickets to 2022 to safe a spot for subsequent yr – which is certain to be a sellout – or donate the worth of their ticket to the Brighton Rainbow Fund to assist the year-round important work of native charities and neighborhood teams.

Pride organisers said they were heartbroken
Satisfaction organisers stated they have been heartbroken

Talking by way of a press launch issued on their web site, Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton Satisfaction stated: “We’re devastated at having to make this choice for a second yr and recognise the large influence on native companies, charities and neighborhood teams who depend on the fundraising potential of the Satisfaction weekend.

“Satisfaction attracts tens of 1000’s of individuals to our metropolis for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood parade which is the center of the Satisfaction celebrations, the place social distancing clearly can’t be facilitated safely. Our planning has additionally recognized important provide chain challenges together with infrastructure, safety and staffing making it not possible to ship a protected occasion with any certainty.

A man holds a Pride flag during the annual Brighton Pride Parade in 2017
A person holds a Satisfaction flag throughout the annual Brighton Satisfaction Parade in 2017

“Neighborhood fundraising has all the time been our most important goal for Satisfaction, however with out the security web of viable COVID cancellation insurance coverage, we can’t jeopardise our capacity to ship a sustainable fundraising Satisfaction in future years.

“I’d wish to thank all of our contractors, suppliers and companion companies who’ve tried their upmost to assist us transfer ahead with planning, and to everybody who has bought a ticket for his or her understanding and assist, we are able to’t wait to carry Satisfaction again in 2022 higher than ever.”

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