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World Pride party to stop traffic in London's gay village

Thousands at this year's Pride London will join a street party in Soho, featuring a dance arena, market and plenty of outdoor drinking
Thousands will throng London's gay district during World Pride, similar to Soho Pride in 2005
Photo by Scott Nunn

Thousands are set to descend on London's gay district for a World Pride street party.

Top DJs from the UK capital's club scene will be pumping out the hottest tracks in Soho's Golden Square, which will be turned into the LGBT festival's main dance arena for the big day on 7 July, from 2pm to 8pm.

Not only that, but Soho will be traffic free from 12 noon and revellers will be able to enjoy some al fresco drinking and dining as bars and restaurants bring their tables on to the streets and throw open their windows for music.

As well as plenty of booze and free water stations to keep party-goers hydrated, there will also be a street market in Soho Square with stalls from traders, charities and community groups.

The World Pride festival will take place from now until 8 July, with the main parade on 7 July.

Gay 80s icon Boy George and Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox will be performing on the main stage, as well as comedians, drag acts, singers and speakers.

Kicking off from Baker Street, the parade will have over 170 groups walking through Regent’s Street, through Piccadilly Circus and into the main arena of Trafalgar Square.

Gay Star News, as the official news source for World Pride, will have a float alongside some of the most gay-friendly companies including Accenture, Armed Forces, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Eagle Group IBM, Ernst & Young, Flag (Tesco), Smirnoff, St Mungo’s, Stonewall, Terrence Higgins Trust, and The Co-Operative.

The city of Las Vegas is the launch and destination partner of World Pride, hoping to draw attention to its own gay friendly bars, hotels, and restaurants.

Pride London and global LGBT organization Kaleidoscope Trust will be honoring US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the World LGBT Award this July at a gala dinner to celebrate the event.

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