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Marching forward: London Pride 2024 date announced

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Pride in London has announced that the 2024 London Pride will be held on 29 June. Applications are currently open for organisations and groups only, and the applications for individuals will be open in mid-May 2024. 

The UK’s first Pride march was held in London on July 1, 1972. The date was chosen as the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 28 June 1969. It is estimated that 2,000 people attended, and Campaign for Homosexual Equality were the key organisers. 

50 years later, celebrating half of the century anniversary, London Pride 2022 broke the record and had an estimated attendance of 1 to 1.5 million people. The latest London Pride 2023 parade held over 32,000 participants, with people coming together from different parts of the world to celebrate Pride. 

Speaking to Londoners about London Pride showed clear acknowledgement of the significance London Pride has for people. Some people stated that they have participated in Pride parades internationally and in London. It was also mentioned that Pride parades raise awareness, especially in times when transgender lives are still being threatened and is an event for people to unite and celebrate. 

There have been some concerns raised on social media about the pricing of the London Pride 2024 for organisations and groups, with people stating that some smaller businesses will not be able to participate due to the wristbands being too expensive.

However, the free entry for LGBTQ+ Community Groups has been kept, and the price of a float for LGBTQ+ Community Groups has been frozen.  

More Information about the small group and individual participation, locations and lineup will be released before May 2024.