Armed officers and barriers at this year's Brighton Pride

Brighton Pride (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)
Brighton Pride (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Police will be out in force during Brighton Pride, with armed officers and barriers to keep the city safe over the busy weekend.

The Pride celebrations take place from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6, and will see tens of thousands attend the community parade, followed by a festival at Preston Park, as well as street parties and other events throughout the city.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: "Months of preparation have taken place in the lead up to Pride and as in previous years, public safety is our main priority. We are taking all reasonable steps to ensure the wellbeing of those attending as well as minimising disruption to those going about their daily business.

"Similarly to last year we will have a number of armed officers working across the city over the weekend and we will again be making use of the National Barrier Asset.

"As always, we ask that the public demonstrates a certain level of personal responsibility including things like taking care of belongings, following personal safety advice and flagging any issues or suspicious behaviour to event staff or police.

"With Pride organisers, we want to promote an inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere for all. We look forward to seeing you there and wish you a fun Pride 2017."

Paul Kemp, managing director of Brighton Pride, said: "As we celebrate the milestone of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, this year's Pride is all set to be one of the best ever.

"Extensive planning takes place year-round between Brighton Pride CIC and our partners at Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance.

"Our detailed event management plans are continuously updated to reflect all relevant advice and legislation and reviewed by all parties and a citywide Safety Advisory Group.

"Pride would like to thank our colleagues at Sussex Police and all our statutory partners for their support to Pride in our City and, as always, ask locals and visitors to Pride to be vigilant and look out for each other. Have an amazing Pride."

For tickets to Pride 2017, or to find out more, visit: www.brighton-pride.org