Worthing Pride promenade parade cancelled but main event will return

Worthing Pride is going ahead this summer amid a surge in demand, but without its traditional promenade parade.

Organisers have announced the annual LGBTQI+ festival will return to The Beach House Grounds on Worthing seafront on July 10.

But with demand for tickets up by 67 per cent compared to previous years, the parade along the promenade has been cancelled.

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Previous years have seen around 18,000 people join the festivities along the seafront, which would be too difficult to control as the country emerges from lockdown this summer.

Thousands of people packed Worthing promenade for Worthing Pride 2019. Picture: Eddie Mitchell SUS-190715-122144001

The organisers said: “We are happy to final reveal months of our robust planning, risk assessing and artist line-up plans. Despite the announcement from the UK government last Monday, we feel that bringing

20,000 members of the public to the seafront would simply be too soon.

“Therefore we would like the celebrations to continue but on scaled back version. The grounds at Beach House will hold 5,000 people which we feel is more suited this year as a gradually reintroduction to ‘normality’. Our number one priority has always been crowd and visitor safety while ensuring a credible event takes place for the town.

Worthing Pride means so much to so many people and we are so pleased this year to be using 100 per cent local suppliers and supporting local business within Worthing trying to rebuild the town’s entertainment and business sectors.”

Worthing Pride 2021

Tickets are on sale now at www.worthingpride.com. Businesses can support the event by emailing [email protected] to find out more.