We ARE marching!
PORTLAND PLACE! 1pm cut off xxx
All the bi groups of London will be marching with ‘UKBiPride‘ this year as part of the ‘UKPrides’ section of the parade. They are the ones allocating our marching spaces, and I will copy their instructions here.
Order of events on the day
9am – 11am Big Bi Breakfast hosted by BiscuitMag (@Biscuitmag on twitter)
Address: Fitzrovia Center, 2 Foley Street London W1W 6DL
10.45am – 11.15am Collect wristbands
Address: UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) on Gildea Street, near Wogan House
11.30am Travel to form up point.
Address: unknown, usually near Baker street. We are the front of section “B”.
1pm Head of march moves off (we will start moving around 1.20pm?)
~3pm Reach end of march and attempt to enter Trafalgar square for stage entertainment/stalls
Rest of afternoon/evening: no bi specific event planned. This meetup event has co-ordination for people wishing to meet other bi people on the day: https://www.meetup.com/london-bisexuals/events/235740898/
Instructions from UKBiPride
My Instructions in line with previous years
Bisexuals are a diverse group with no single unifiying attribute, but at Pride that means no-one can see who we are! The bisexual colour is purple, so please everyone wear head to toe deep purple outfits, so that we look like a unified block that can easily be seen. We want to be visible!
Deep purple is an unusual colour and you will not have something suitable in your wardrobe on the day. Lilac, blue or “wearing your purple socks” are not good enough! You need to go online and buy something NOW especially for the parade. We want to be loud and proud!
Here are some inspirations:
These beauties can be ordered from The Bisexual Index Their other t-shirt designs sometimes come in purple too. Make sure to select purple when purchasing!
If you can’t afford these, grab yourself a plain deep purple tshirt from ebay.
Pre-form up meeting
The pre-form up meeting is once again at The Fitzrovia Centre at 9am-11am.
Address: 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL. Nearest tube: Goodge Street
Here you can paint faces, change clothes, meet some other bis, have a cup of tea, eat cake, use the toilets and collect your wristband for marching in the parade. You will also get on-the-day updates that will be very important.
Attending this meeting promptly is the only way to guarantee you can march in the parade. Please attend this meeting on time!
You must have a wristband to march in Pride.
Important change to last year: UKBiPride are requiring all participants to email them directly in order ot get a wristband. The deadline is 16th June and there are only 50 wristbands to allocate. Please email email@example.com saying you would like a wristband (put it in the subject line).
Last year we ran out of wristbands when we only had 50, please email anyway so that we have an idea of numbers for next year (and come along anyway, there are always no shows and dropouts).
Since we are co-ordinating with another group this year we have to arrange distributing wristbands. This will most likely happen at the pre-form up meeting in The Fitzrovia Centre.
We must form up in <street unknown> at <time unknown>. (Likely near to Baker St Station) We will depart The Fitzrovia Center at <time unkown>.
The area becomes extremely busy and phone signal sometimes blacks out. It is quite hard to get information about the parade on the day if you have missed the pre-form up meeting. If you persevere though, someone might get back to you on Facebook, Twitter or Meetup eventually. I recommend the app WhatThreeWords, which uses a three word code to give you a map pin that is accurate to within 3 metres of a location. I’ll post our three word location once we are installed at form-up.
The parade takes a very long time to move off and reach Traflagar Square, be prepared for lots of standing and being out in the elements for several hours.
The parade ends in Trafalgar Square and a stage with live music is set up there, plus stalls and food and drink. If you can get in (!) it’s a great way to socialise after the parade. Jon Bi from the London Bisexuals Meetup Group normally forms up a group there. More information can be found on his Meetup Page.
What to bring
London Pride is a long day that is very tiring, you’ll need to bring two types of things: extreme fun and dressing up stuff for a wild day and extremly boring things to keep you comfortable and happy on a gruelling day of standing up.
Wild party fun times: Pride is so great because the gays go absolutely wild. There’ll be all the men in just g-strings, extravagent carnival-style drag queen wonders and people dressed in leather dog masks, to name a few, all running wild down the centre of Regent’s Street and Oxford Street as neary a million normal people cheer them on. It’s a goddam rush and is the most wild dressing up you’ll ever see, so don’t hold yourselves back 🙂
- Facepaints, especially bi colors: Pink, Purple, Blue
- bi flag
- deep purple clothes, head to toe, including pants (I like to get my pants out)
- purple/rainbow unbrellas
- portable speakers
- bi badges and stickers
- spares for everyone else: purple scarves, hats, tops, long socks, badges anything you’ve got
Why not check out the Biscuit Magazine Etsy Shop for stickers and cards.
Practical stuff: those hot men in g-strings will be wearing just two other essential items: trainers and sun lotion. Remember how you had to prepare carefully for a day trip to London, because being a tourist in London for the day is exhausting? Well this is that. Don’t be complacent just because you live here now.
- comfortable walking shoes – VERY IMPORTANT
- foldable waterproof jacket
- sun cream
- medium/large bottle of water
- snacks (you will be without food 12noon – 3pm)
- cash money
- oyster card
- foldable layers of clothes – light jumper, leggings
- string, tape, scissors, safety pins (useful for attaching bi flags to people & wardrobe emergencies)
- plasters, paracetamol, antihistamines
We look forward to seeing you there!! Any questions you can comment here or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @ssica3003.