Organisers of Brighton & Hove Pride have not yet given up hope of the event going ahead in late summer, despite the impact which the current coronavirus crisis has had on other LGBT festivals across the world, with well over 100 so far having been cancelled or postponed.
The two-day event generates £20million for the city’s economy and is this year due to take place on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 August, with headliners including Mariah Carey and the Pussycat Dolls.
Speaking about the situation to local newspaper The Argus, the festival’s organisers said: "Brighton & Hove Pride is a city-wide event that we deliver with the support of our agency partners. As the current situation regarding Covid-19 is changing at a rapid pace, we are awaiting updated government advice after the current three-week lockdown.
"We have a meeting scheduled with the council and emergency services in late April when we will discuss any new implications and government advice and the delivery or possible postponement of Pride events, but until this time we are continuing our contingency planning and working with our partner agencies.
"With August being several months away, we are following government and health guidelines and will continue to review our position on a regular basis.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank and support the incredibly hard-working NHS and emergency service staff who are always a big and important part of Pride.
"Brighton & Hove Pride is an essential charity fundraising event for our city, and whilst we don’t have a crystal ball, we sincerely hope the summer brings brighter news for everyone."
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