Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest airport has partnered with Brighton Pride Festival 2017 to be the first ever sponsor of the event’s biggest attraction, the Brighton Pride Community Parade.

The Brighton Pride Festival takes place from 4th-6th August 2017 with the parade taking place on Saturday 5th August 2017.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community event has become the UK’s biggest Pride festival with over 300,000 people participating in the celebrations across the city last year.

This year’s event is themed ‘Summer of Love’, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, and is expected to a attract huge numbers of participants, spectators and visitors from across Sussex and further afield for what, according to Tourism South East, is the biggest event and tourist attraction in Brighton.

A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said: “As a partner of Brighton Pride, Gatwick is proud to be leading this year’s parade with our branded bus, as the first ever Community Parade Sponsor.

Gatwick enjoys close links with the Brighton community and has been a strong supporter of the Pride event.

With the airport just 30 minutes away by rail, we look forward to welcoming many of the international visitors who will once again be flying into Gatwick from the more than 220 destinations Gatwick serves.”

Last year’s Brighton Pride Festival raised £100,000 bringing the total to £310,000 raised over the past 4 years for LGBT and HIV organisations and good causes across Sussex. Beneficiaries included Allsorts Youth Project, Lunch Positive, LGBT Community Safety Forum, MindOut, Peer Action and Clare Project.

Paul Kemp, Brighton Pride Community Interest Company, said: “We are delighted that Gatwick Airport has once again partnered with Brighton & Hove Pride. Pride has evolved over the years with more communities coming together to celebrate the diversity of our city. Many of our international visitors will fly into the event through Gatwick and, with grant funding no longer in existence, their support for the Community Parade is essential in enabling even more community groups to participate in Sussex and Brighton’s biggest single event.”

For tickets to Pride 2017, to register for an e-newsletter or to make a donation visit: www.brighton-pride.org

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Notes to the Editor

About Brighton Pride

Brighton and Hove Pride is the UK’s biggest Pride Festival operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community interest company.
All tickets revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, LGBT Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.
Pride has raised over £310,000 for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund in the last four years.
The Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to give grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton and Hove.
The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits local good causes giving grants to a range of local groups.
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About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves 228 destinations in 74 countries for 43 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South East region, generating around 24,000 on-airport jobs and a further 12,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

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