Croydon’s first PrideFest to be held on Sunday 28th August


By - Tuesday 9th August, 2016

Croydon’s inaugural PrideFest will be held in Surrey Street on Sunday 28th August, following a parade down North End led by the borough’s first openly gay mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor.

Photo by Croydon PrideFest, used with permission.

Release begins: A new festival is taking place this Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August with live music, food, and drink in celebration of Croydon and its LGBT+ community!

Croydon PrideFestwill kick off at 1:30pm with a Pride parade down from North End to Surrey Street, led by dozens of community organisations based in Croydon and the surrounding area.The main festival will then take place on Surrey Street itself, hosting a stage with a DJ, live music and other performers throughout the day. The event will be a Bank Holiday treat for everyone in London’s most populous borough.Croydon PrideFest is the only other Pride festival taking place within the M25 other than the main Pride in London event. This will put Croydon at the forefront of celebrating local LGBT+ communities in London.Local performers the Rainbow Singers will greet the Parade as it arrives in Surrey Street for 2pm, when the Mayor of Croydon will give an opening address. The party will then continue until 8pm, with acts including renowned DJ Stewart Who? and legendary cabaret act, Topping and Butch, known for their Edinburgh Festival and Radio 4 appearances. Other live acts, both local and from around the country, will be playing throughout the afternoon and evening and we look forward to confirming these in due course.

In addition to the stage entertainment, there will be plenty of food and drink options, including many of the usual food outlets on Surrey Street Market, and beers from Crafty Group, the team behind the successful Crafty Purley and Croydon Craft Beer festivals. Other stalls will allow local businesses and community groups to showcase their wares and services, and we are delighted that Guildhouse Rosepride LLP, who are also one of PrideFest’s main sponsors, have made Exchange Square available throughout the day. The Square will host a family area, with lots of fun activities like facepainting.

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter for further announcements about performances, attendees and supporters.

Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Mayor of Croydon, said: “This will be the first time Croydon Council is supporting a Pride festival in the borough, and I am delighted it is happening during my time as Mayor.

“As Croydon’s first openly gay Mayor I will be honoured to be at the front of the parade and to open Croydon PrideFest 2016. This will be an historic first for Croydon and an opportunity to celebrate the LGBT+ community with all communities in Croydon. We are very fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse community in Croydon and am proud to be the Mayor in such an exciting year.”

Cllr Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council said: “As the Leader of the Council, I could not be more proud that Croydon is hosting our first ever Pride Festival. This is clearly another sign of changing times and reiterates how together we are stronger. PrideFest 2016 marks a significant day for Croydon, and I am so thrilled that we have such a multitude of communities and businesses participating to make what is guaranteed to be a fantastic, and historic, day.”

Jo Negrini, Chief Executive of Croydon Council said: “The UK’s Pride festivals are known the world over as fantastic opportunities for people to celebrate the value of individuality. So I’m more than delighted that the LGBT+ community is hosting this event right here in the heart of South London and putting Croydon on the annual Pride calendar.”

Councillor Mark Watson, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Economy, said: “I have always wanted to bring Pride back to Croydon and the backing of so many local businesses and community groups will make this an amazing celebration. The LGBT+ community has often been underrepresented here but we will turn that on its head with Croydon PrideFest: with our first openly gay Mayor it’s the perfect opportunity to show off the amazing diversity we have! It will be a great occasion for everyone, showing off Surrey Street in an even more colourful and vibrant light than usual!”

David Page, Chair of CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society) said: “CAGS was proud to take part in Croydon Pride events over 20 years ago, and we are delighted that Pride is once again being celebrated in Croydon. We look forward to carrying our banner in the parade, and welcoming the people of Croydon at our stall in Surrey Street.”

Ray Harvey-Amer, voluntary Pride parade organiser and veteran Croydon LGBT Activist said: “A parade through the town centre is an important part of any Pride festival to show just that: pride in ourselves and in the LGBT+ community we have here. It has been many years since any sort of pride took place in Croydon, so I couldn’t be happier to be able to lead dozens of organisations and individuals through the streets again, with the Mayor alongside us for the first time! Croydon Pride Fest has secured some sponsorship already but is looking for further contributions to make this festival even better!

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should get in

If you would like to participate in Croydon PrideFest, please get in contact via . Or follow us on social media: Twitter@CroydonPride or Facebook.com/CroydonPrideFest.

Release sender: Croydon PrideFest.

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