Expect the capital’s annual festival of the LGBT community to feel extra significant in 2014, the year that gay marriage finally became legal in the UK. Dan Frost picks the top events to conga your way through (politically, of course) this weekend.
1. BEST FOR A PARTY ATMOSPHERE
The Pride Parade
The main attraction is, of course, the huge parade that leaves Baker Street at 1pm on Saturday and progresses exuberantly through the centre of town. It began as a political march in the ’70s, but the modern event has evolved into a loud and lively street party that could give Notting Hill a run for its Red Stripe. Enjoy the atmosphere anywhere along the route, or head straight to Trafalgar Square, where there’ll be live entertainment all afternoon. Baker St to Trafalgar Square. Sat Jun 28.
2. BEST FOR TIME WARPING
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
How best to begin your Pride weekend? How about joining cinema’s most famous transvestite, Dr Frank N Furter, for a screening of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’? I see you shiver with anticipation. Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn St, SW4 0AT. Fri Jun 27.
3. BEST FOR HEADBANGING
Exploding the myth that the gay party crowd is a homogenous swell of disco fanatics, this afterparty caters to the LGBTers who get their kicks from metal, goth and punk. And no, it’s not just about the black leather. Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Rd, N1 9SD. Sat Jun 28.
4. BEST FOR VERY INCLUSIVE CABARET
No, it’s not a typo: Bar Wotever describes itself as ‘LGBTQIA XXL’, which basically means it’s a cracking party that’s open to everyone except homophobes. It’ll be laying on plenty of cabaret before the crowdpleasing tunes kick in. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Sat Jun 28.
5. BEST FOR PROUD LESBIANS
Pride’s official lesbian afterparty is bombastically billed as ‘THE go-to lesbian event of the year’ and with good reason. Spread across four rooms of a members’ club, it has a top-notch DJ line-up that includes party-starters Maze & Masters. Adam Street Club, 9 Adam St, WC2N 6AA. Sat Jun 28.
6. BEST FOR SAME-SEX SAMBA
The Girlie Carnival
This female-focused afterparty sounds brilliantly bonkers even by Pride’s standards. Alongside the party tunes and club bangers will be samba bands, carnival dancers, fire-eaters and, we assume, plenty of Brazilians. Grace, 42 Windmill St, W1D 7NB. Sat Jun 28.
7. BEST FOR THE NEXT DAY
R&R Pride Picnic in the Park
Taking place on Sunday, this family-friendly gathering is in contrast to the full-on party vibe of the night before. A variety of sporting activities will happen alongside acoustic performances, a bake-off and line dancing. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Sun Jun 29.
Take a look at your photos from London Pride 2013.