Brighton employer American Express announced it would once again support Brighton Pride’s Community Village at Preston Park.
The 2018 Community Village gives local charities and community groups an opportunity to meet festival-goers and showcase the work they do to support and advance LGBTQ+ causes.
Brighton and Hove Pride, taking place from August 3 to 5, is set to attract around 400,000 visitors from across Sussex and further afield.
This year’s event, themed ‘Colour my World’ is expected be the most vibrant yet, in a celebration of the original eight-colour rainbow flag created 40 years ago.
This year also marks the tenth year of American Express participation in the Community Pride Parade.
More than 100 staff are taking part in this year’s parade and many more will be lining the route with family members and friends.
Tim Ehinger, executive vice president of American Express and executive sponsor of the Amex Pride Colleague Network, said: “We are immensely proud to be continuing our partnership with Brighton Pride for the fifth year and supporting their incredible work. We’re looking forward to being part of what promises to be a spectacular and colourful showcase of Brighton’s diverse community.”
Paul Kemp, managing director of Brighton Pride, said: “Brighton Pride has evolved over the years with more communities coming together to celebrate every aspect of our city, regardless of sexuality, race, gender, age or ability. We are delighted that American Express is continuing its support. The support we receive from partners is crucial to deliver one of our city’s most lively and best attended events.”
The Community Village, part of the Pride Festival in Preston Park, will be located next to Gate A at the southernmost tip of the park. It encompasses charity and community stalls, the Family Diversity Area, the Well Being Tent, the Meeting Tent and the Rotunda Ballroom.