Brighton Pride introduces ticketing for St James’s Street party

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The organisers of Brighton Pride have introduced ticketing for this year’s Pride Street Party.

It’s hoped the move will reduce over-crowding and make it safer.

Last year an estimated 30,000 people flocked to the St James’s Street area during Pride weekend.

Brighton and Hove City Council instructed Pride bosses to implement the plan following several discussions with local businesses, residents and the emergency services.

Green Party Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, who represents St James’s Street, said: “Over the years the Pride Street Party has become more and more problematic – especially for residents.

“Uncontrolled access and irresponsible attitudes to alcohol have turned what should be a celebration into something of a headache and, for some, a nightmare.

“The old format was unsustainable and has to change if the street party is be transformed into a safe environment for partygoers, residents and local businesses.

“Everyone needs to get behind the new approach and fully support Pride CIC’s efforts to manage the street party effectively to return it to an enjoyable and unique event. I hope that this one-year trial proves to be a success.

“If there isn’t a hundred percent support, particularly from the business community, the whole of the Pride festival weekend could be put in jeopardy. Without sounding too dramatic, the reputation of the city as a safe place to visit is at stake.”

Paul Kemp, of Brighton Pride CIC, said: “Traditionally the village party’s not been organised by Pride.

“However after safety concerns that could ultimately jeopardised the future of the village party and the entire Pride weekend, Pride has agreed to work in partnership with the city council and partners to reclaim the village party for our community and to help ensure we have a safer and controlled event for visitors to Pride and our community to enjoy.”

Wrist bands for the party will cost £5. Ticketing of Brighton Pride’s main Saturday event in Preston Park has already been in place for several years.

Early bird ticket prices currently cost £12.50. Tickets bought on the day can cost up to £20.