- The event on the south coast of England was under pressure to postpone or cancel due to coronavirus.
Brighton Pride bosses have decided to cancel their event for 2020.
The parade and park-party was due to celebrate its 30th anniversary over 1 and 2 August. And it had lined up Mariah Carey as the headline act for the festival.
Now organizers of Brighton and Hove Pride, on the south coast of England, say the festival won’t take place until 2021.
They say they made the ‘difficult decision’ with a ‘heavy heart’.
Pressure had mounted on them to postpone or cancel after a tabloid newspaper wrote a critical story about the event hoping to go ahead.
Organizers say they were hoping to delay the decision for a while longer to ‘avoid disappointing our volunteers, community groups and the public’.
But they decided to act now ‘after carefully monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and evaluating the ongoing risks and uncertainty, as well as the additional pressure any large event puts on the emergency services’.
They added: ‘We are shocked and devastated by the unprecedented turn of events over the past weeks – especially the catastrophic health and economic impacts this pandemic is having on members of our community.’
Acts and ticket holders will be back in 2021
However, Pride organizers hope people will stick with the event and return in 2021.
They said: ‘We are currently in contact with artists who were due to perform this year with regard to rescheduling the dates for next year and will update further as soon as possible.’
Meanwhile, they are giving ticket holders options. They can choose for their tickets to roll over to the 2021 event. Or they can cancel their tickets and get a refund.
Alternatively, Pride bosses say they can cancel and donate the ticket value to the LGBT+ charities Pride supports. In return, they’ll be given priority booking for next year.
Organizers said: ‘Existing ticket holders do not need to do anything. Their tickets will be honoured and rolled over to the rescheduled event.
‘These are exceptional times and many local charities and community organisations rely on Pride for fundraising to get them through the year.
‘We are appealing to ticket holders to donate their ticket to support Pride going forward and it’s essential community fundraising; as a thank you, they will have priority purchasing options in next year’s pre-release ticket sale.’
If you are a ticket holder, you can find your options here.
Brighton Pride is now among over 220 Pride events around the world to cancel or postpone their 2020 celebrations.