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World Pride 2012

Today London: Tomorrow The World.


As if the Jubilee and the Olympics weren’t enough for this year, London is also playing host to World Pride (which you should already know as it's in the current issue, and will be a feature in the new issue when we celebrate 40 years of Pride, so keep an eye out). Soho and Trafalgar Square will be high jacked on 7 July to make way for what’s shaping up to be the biggest gay event of the year. With over 170 groups taking part in the parade we can expect big colourful floats from Sir Lanka, Toronto and Palm Beach. If you haven’t been to one before here’s what you can expect:



Headlining the event will be Deborah Cox, who has racked up a massive 11 number ones on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, including If It Wasn’t For Love, a gay staple you can sample here...



She will be joined by Yoav, one of Tel Aviv’s leading DJs, whose hot looks won't struggle to get the crowds going. There's a whole bunch of performers taking to the stage, from upcoming male artists such as E.N.V, Xavier Toscano, Harel Skaat, Ray Isaac, Adam Tyler and of course a couple of upcoming ladies such as Lea Delaria and Nikka (hailed as the new Dana International, who’s current track was arranged by Offer Nissim).

There will be drag queens - what Pride would be complete without them? - and Canadian heart throb Corey Hart will flash us his new single. All of which will be followed up by Boy George, fingers crossed Mark Ronson might pop along and recreate this:



That's a lot to take in, but if you're not heading to the capital in two weeks time, here’s a list of other Pride events taking place around the UK.

July
14 Bournemouth
14 Glasgow
16 Bristol
20 South Western
21 Hull
21 Newcastle
21 York
22 Huddersfield
28 Belfast
28 Norwich
28 Nottinghamshire
29 Cork


August
04 Liverpool
04 Swindon & Wiltshire
05 Doncaster
13 Waterford
17 Manchester
25 Cornwall


September
01 Brighton and Hove
01 Cardiff
01 Grimsby
01 Leicester
08 Reading
23 Sunderland

More info on World Pride can be found at pridelondon.org

Words: Jack Wingrove
Photo: Truthmonkey

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