Pride London, which has the honour of hosting WorldPride2012 in London next year, is delighted to confirm that it has presented plans to host the biggest Pride Event ever in London to key authorities in the city.

The Licensing, Operational and Safety Planning Group (LOSPG) , responsible for approving major events in the centre of London, has now been presented with the exciting outline of the plans for key parts of next year’s celebrations, paving the way for acts and sponsors to get involved with the global party.

More details of the plans for next year’s event will be released during the build up to the event which will be held on 7th July 2012. Highlights of the plans submitted for approval yesterday include:

Longer – The Parade will once again begin from Baker Street making the route over half a mile longer.
Bigger, better – after the Parade the events space will this year extend from Oxford Street in the north to Shaftsbury Avenue in the south including the return of Leicester Square – After its absence last year due to development work a stage will return to Leicester Square
Family area – Following its success at this year’s event the Family Area will make a return in 2012 offering parents and children the opportunity to enjoy WorldPride in a safe laid-back space.
A second day – Sunday 8th July plans are being formed to help visitors make the most of the WorldPride weekend and recover on the morning after the night before.
Pride London is already the biggest Lesbian and Gay Pride event in the UK, next year it will host WorldPride 2012. The event will provide the global LGBT community a chance to come together to celebrate the progress that has been made in achieving equality, and to give those who can’t march safely in their own country a secure environment in which to do so.

The event will be used to draw attention to the fact that within the Commonwealth alone there are still 41 countries where homosexuality is illegal with punishments ranging from imprisonment to the death penalty. Over the next 12 months Pride London will be raising awareness and campaigning for the decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world.

Speaking about the meeting, Paul Birrell, Chair of Pride London said:

“We’re expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to join us on 7th July so we really want to put on the greatest Pride ever to really show what Pride means in London. The parade is going to bigger, bolder and longer than ever before.

“Planning for next year’s event has started earlier than ever and I am delighted to be able to present these ambitious plans which we hope reaffirms our commitment to deliver an excellent event as part of a summer of international events taking place in London in 2012.”

WorldPride 2012 will be made possible thanks to the event’s Headline Sponsors Smirnoff. Pride London recently launched its guide setting out opportunities for other companies and organisations to sponsor the event to ensure that it remains free for those attending. Full details are available at http://www.pridelond…hippack2011.pdf

Applications to enter floats and walking groups will open online shortly with any organisation, charity, company or group welcome to submit an application to take part in what promises to be a spectacular-spectacular. Details will be published at http://www.pridelond…involved/floats

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