You don’t need a royal wedding for a big gay street party! On Saturday 25 June, the Kazbar and the Two Brewers host the 7th annual Clapham Street Party. The popular event is sponsored by Manhunt and will once again take place on Edgeley Road, off Clapham High Street. Admission is free but a minimum donation of £1, which will go to the gay men’s health charity, GMFA, is suggested. A donation will also be given to the Albert Kennedy Trust and the Eddie Surman Trust, on behalf of the event.
Sherrie Hewson and Carol McGiffin of Loose Women fame are the celebrity hosts for the charity auction at 6pm. Prizes include an autographed Sale Sharks training top from rugby hunk and anti-homophobic bullying campaigner Ben Cohen, VIP lunch with the Loose Women and backstage tour, and VIP tickets to the very exclusive Make A Difference Trust Garden Party.
Other prizes which will be raffled off throughout the day include vouchers from local restaurants Bodean’s, Eco, the Fish Club, Belgo, Metro Garden Restaurant and Bar, Nando’s, and the Pepper Tree, cinema tickets from Clapham Picture House, as well as prizes from Esca delicatessen, La Rueda, Willie Smarts Hairdressing Emporium, Pics by Gaz and Apex Cycles.
The Two Brewers Cabaret Stage is hosted by Sandra and runs from 3pm – 9pm. It will feature the cream of London’s cabaret circuit, including Lola Lasagne, Lady Imelda and Ima, Rose Garden, Pop Tarts, Drag With No Name, Kandy Kane and the newly crowned Drag Idol winner.
“The support we get from events like the street party are invaluable to us,” said Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA. “These are particularly difficult times for all charities, as the cuts are hitting us hard. Our Count Me In campaign, which promotes a community response to stop HIV transmission, has been made possible by the generosity of our community supporters. We hugely appreciate the support of the bars and clubs that help us raise money to promote gay men’s health, and the people who turn out, give generously and make these occasions bigger and better every year.”
The Clapham Street party kicks off at 2pm on Edgeley Road, which runs along the side of the Kazbar. Street festivities continue until 10pm and then things move indoors where revelers will be able to dance the night away.