Reports that World Pride floats may be axed after all

GSN is receiving unconfirmed reports that London may not be able to have floats on the World Pride parade

Reports that World Pride floats may be axed after all
28 June 2012

Festival bosses may still have to scale back the World Pride parade in London next week, despite assurances they are financially stable.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the decision not to allow cars, buses and floats in the World Pride parade on 7 July, which the UK capital is hosting this year, has already been made.

As we previously reported, Pride London denies reports in the London Evening Standard that it owes £65,000 ($10,000 €80,000) from last year’s event, saying that it has paid all outstanding debts.

But GSN has been told the organizers may still be facing cash-flow issues.

Reports suggest that the Greater London Authority, which is a major backer of pride in the city, has put pressure organizers not to overstretch themselves financially.

This may lead to the parade through the city center being scaled back to only having walking groups. However if that is the case, it could hit pride even harder in the pocket, as many sponsors have already spent money on organizing floats.

Lead sponsor Smirnoff is understood to have invested thousands of pounds in their float.

Pride insiders report that negotiations are continuing to salvage the situation but admit it is ‘alarming’.

However a senior pride source which GSN spoke to was reassuring and said the organizers had ‘regrouped’ and that there would be ‘good news’ released soon.

GSN understands the pride parade operational team has not yet been notified about what is happening – although an operational meeting is taking place at 5pm tonight.

Pride London communications director Uwern Jong told GSN: ‘We will comment shortly.’

UPDATE: Pride London has now confirmed a series of cancellations, extending beyond just the parade. Read our updated story here.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

European moves to spark conversation on marriage rights in Caribbean territories

Moves by European countries to legalize same-sex marriage may spark debate on the issue in their Caribbean dependencies
No thumbnail available

US comedian Todd Glass comes out

Stand-up comic comes out, fuelled by spate of gay teen suicides.
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

My gay Glasgow: David MacNicol on Scotland's gayest city

The TV worker and Airbnb user on fish and chips, Glasgow's bustling arts scene and evenings in with his boyfriend
No thumbnail available

Caribbean cruise to host mass commitment ceremony for LGBT couples

Cruise Planners and American Express Travel are giving same-sex couples the opportunity to say their vows on the gorgeous island of St Thomas with a one-time Sea of Love cruise
No thumbnail available

Top European human rights official slams Russian ban on transgender drivers

Warns that the ban 'risks exacerbating an already hostile climate against LGBTI in Russia', calls for immediate removal of ban
No thumbnail available

Scientists claim babies with biological same-sex parents could be possible in 'two years'

Researchers made the announcement following studies with stem cells
No thumbnail available

UK Parliament votes to allow three-person babies

The proposed law will only be used to treat women with specific genetic disorders and will not be open to same-sex couples
No thumbnail available

Test the cars and your skills to the limit at Porsche Centre Silverstone

Where better to learn to drive in all sorts of hazards than at the home of British racing in Porsche’s latest range
No thumbnail available

Gay of Thrones returns

'If you're going to work in this salon, you've got to watch Game of Thrones'