It’s arguably the most positive demonstration in existence and has been growing year-on-year in huge numbers since it was first conceived in 1970, now, as Pride London celebrates its 48th year of acitivity, we take a look back at some of the most important and amazing moments in the Pride Parade’s history. From how it was born to breaking world records to breaking down political barriers, Pride is an event that demands positivity and we couldn’t be more excited to get involved this summer!
The Initial Spark and First Pride
on June 28, 1969, patrons of New York's Stonewall Inn said "enough" when the bar was raided by police. After confronting police, riots broke out and people poured into West Village to show support, igniting the gay rights movement in the U.S. This is the reason Pride Month takes place in June today.
One year later on June 28, 1970, community members in New York City march through the local streets to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This event is named Christopher Street Liberation Day, and is now considered the first gay pride parade.
Pride Comes to the UK
The first Pride march is held in London in 1972, attracting around 2000 participants. 1990 saw the first Pride event held in the UK city of Manchester closely followed by Brighton in 1992. Pride Liverpool wasn’t launched until 2010 but just one year later was officially the biggest pride event in the UK outside of London.
Pride Goes Worldwide
In the year 2000 WorldPride is born making Pride an official global event. Other notable debut Prides across the world include; 1990 when Pride Johannesburg and Pride Kolkata became the first Pride parades to be held in Africa and South East Asia respectably and 2002 when the first Pride to be hosted in Eastern Europe took place in Zagreb, Croatia.
World Records are Broken
Sao Paolo broke the world record for the biggest ever Pride event in 2006 with an estimated 2.5million people in attendance, this record now sits at 3million after Sao Paulo’s 2017 event.
Europe Match the World Record
The very first EuroPride event was staged across Europe in 2007 with 2.5million in attendance across the continent.
Football Finally Shows its Support
The Dutch football team appear at Amsterdam’s Gay Pride Parade in 2013, a huge move for European football in its quest to normalise homosexuality within the sport’s participation.
Boy Scouts Show Their Pride
In 2014Boy Scouts lift their exclusion on gay Scout members, prompting their appearance at the 2014 New York Pride March.
Policemen Tie the Knot
In 2016 Pride London witnessed one of the most iconic Pride moments in recent history as not one, but two policemen got down on one knee and tied the knot with their unsuspecting partners.
The first Senator Marches in Pride NYC
New York Pride 2017 saw it break down further barriers of acceptance as Sen. Chuck Schumer was the very first Senator to take part in the celebratory parade. We’ll leave you with his words, "I was the first senator to march in this parade, but I won't be the last".