Brighton’s 2010 Pride celebration was the biggest in its 18-year history with over 160,000 revellers taking part in the celebration, the Sussex police have revealed.
Ten of thousands lined the streets of Brighton at the city’s annual Pride event, with this year’s theme of Pride and No Prejudge, making it the biggest since its creation in 1992.
The event’s police commander, Superintendent Steve Whitton, said: “Once again, people have attended in their thousands to line the streets and take part in the Pride celebrations. Given the huge numbers we have seen attending today, it has been a peaceful and successful event with very few isolated incidents. I’d like to thank all the organisers, the emergency services and all the participants for making the event such a great success.”
Brighton and Hove Pride said it cost over £250,000 to put on the one-day event, and the charity appealed to people attending to donate to bucket collections on the parade route at Preston Park.
The Gay Police Association and Sussex police officers led the parade, with firemen and women also taking part. Many community groups were among the 55 floats and walking tableaux including sports groups, entertainers and support organisations.
Brighton police reported that there were 39 arrests over the weekend, most of which were drug-related, however there was one homophobic assault reported at the official Pride campsite, with the victim being beaten with a metal bar.