SOPA Images SOPA Images / LightRocket via GettLondon Pride has been canceled for the second year in a row
Pride in London was canceled on Friday, just weeks before the public was due to attend the much-anticipated event – leaving some people angry and frustrated.
The director of community engagement at Pride in London confirmed the disappointing news in a short video posted on Twitter.
Christopher Joell-Deshields stated, “Pride, like all other major public events, faced myriad challenges in order to safely hold one of the largest events in the capital.
“I’m really sad to say that Pride will not be held in person in London this year.”
Unsurprisingly, the news didn’t go down well with fans of the festival, especially since it was canceled last year as well.
When the news broke, The New Statesman’s Rachel Cunliffe tweeted, “This is so sad. It’s an outdoor parade.
“If the euro can happen, why not Pride?”
It’s so sad. It’s an outdoor parade. If the euro can happen, why not Pride? https://t.co/lPfUXZe7ab
– Rachel Cunliffe (@RMCunliffe) August 6, 2021
Why the final of the EM 2020 took place
Around 60,000 fans flocked to Wembley to watch England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final in July.
The game was overshadowed by chaos as fans without tickets poured into London and some even tried to enter the stadium.
Covid spread quickly among the participants, with some even calling their virus strain the “Wembley variant” in the days immediately after the soccer game, and many claimed the occasion was a super-spreader event.
But the game took place as part of a pilot, the Event Research Program, which was run by the government to see the risk large gatherings posed to the epidemic.
England has now lifted almost all restrictions – but many public events, such as Pride, are still canceled.
John Phillips via Getty Images for Barefoot WinePride was last held in London in 2019
NIKLAS HALLE’N via Getty ImagesThe crowds exit the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in July
Another account supported the comparison with the euro and tweeted, “Oh, but when it comes to football, London is wide open.”
Pointing out the other events in the UK, one asked, “340,000 people at Silverstone, but Pride is too much? The rules don’t make sense. “
During the three-day motorsport event in July, approximately 350,000 participants came to Silverstone.
Another targeted the management team and said, “As a Pride organizer, you hardly fight.”
But not all made the decision of London Pride.
Some believe this was the safest step
Another Twitter account wrote: “Weed out news, but absolutely the right decision. Pride without protest just isn’t.
“Solidarity with your entire team who must be devastated to have to make such a tough decision.”
We’re through Getty ImagesManchester and Brighton Pride have also been canceled due to Covid regulations
But why did it have to be canceled?
Joell-Deshields stated that navigating the new Covid guidelines and laws is “extremely challenging” for major events.
He added that it was clear that Pride in London “could not provide the level of mitigation expected by the local health team and the government”.
Joell-Deshields said the parade would have to be canceled, with the entire event limited to two or three events across London with limited ticket sales.
He explained, “That goes against everything we want Pride in London to be or what we have been so far.”
He stated: “We cannot renounce this obligation to you, our community.”
Joell-Deshields added that volunteers will continue to focus on working with LGBT + communities to “enforce our committed objections to diversity and inclusion.”
He said his team will now begin planning Pride in London 2022, which will mark the 50th anniversary since the UK’s first Pride event.
There will also be an appeal to declare 2022 the “year of the queer”.
An important update from Pride in London on our 2021 event: https://t.co/37fskp8A50
– Proud in London (@PrideInLondon) August 6, 2021
Pride in London isn’t the only major event this year that had to be canceled.
Manchester Pride, Brighton Pride and Notting Hill Carnival have all been canceled, as has the Glastonbury Music Festival.
Southampton Pride on August 28th and Reading Pride on September 4th will continue.