Sponsors proud to be a part of Brighton Pride 2011

sponsors proud to be a part of brighton pride 2011This year’s Pride was a hit; there is no question about that. It was the largest turnout ever, with tens of thousands of people out in full swing to watch the Pride Parade set off from Madeira Drive.

There were some wonderful floats that wowed the crowds. Headline sponsors including Ford, British Airways and EDF Energy all took part with their floats rolling down the street.

British Airways representative Sophie McKinstrie said: “The British Airways group thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the parade and were all thrilled to have Pam Ann at the helm of our float to entertain the crowds!

“We welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate how proud we are to have such a diverse workforce at British Airways and to show our commitment to the wider community around us at Gatwick”.

The event at Preston Park was ticketed for the first time ever and was housed inside a large fence with better facilities than ever before. 30,000 festival goers attended the event at the park and enjoyed the fun fair and six tents offering the best entertainment.

There was an 8,000 capacity dance tent, which hosted Last Night a DJ Saved My Life. There was also the ever popular Cabaret tent, hosted by Lady James; the Bears Tent; the Women’s Tent; the BME tent and the amazing new Live Stage, headlined by X-Factor winners Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry, who thrilled the crowds with some of their biggest hits.

Russell Allen, Chair of the Pride Trustees said, “We are delighted to announce that Pride 2011 has successfully met the costs of the Parade, Preston Park event and the Street Party.  Additionally, the event has generated over £4,000, which will be distributed to LGBT causes. In the coming weeks we shall consult on how best to disburse these funds to benefit the local community.”

Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, said: “I am delighted that the Pride event has again been enjoyed by so many people. It was a wet start but that did not deter people coming to the city and enjoying the festival.

“Sussex Police is proud to be involved with the policing of Pride and I’d like to thank all the organisers, the emergency services and all the participants for all their hard work in making the event another great success. There were a few isolated incidents on the day but on the whole, Pride demonstrates how people from all communities can come together and enjoy what this fantastic city has to offer.”

Posted by Adam Rowden on Aug 18th, 2011 and filed under Brighton Pride, Community, Entertainment, Featured Content, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

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