Brighton Pride’s annual Street Party has been scrapped this year – after £10,000 suspiciously disappeared from its budget.
According to the Pink Paper, Sussex Police confirmed today that a 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and fraud and remains on police bail until 25 June, pending further enquiries.
As a result, organisers close to last year’s committee confirmed there’ll be no official street party – even though the deadline for the license application doesn’t expire until later this week.
For many, the party on St James Street – in the heart of Brighton’s gay village – is as much part of the weekend as the parade and Preston Park party itself. The event, which normally takes place on the Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, is, however, completely separate from the Brighton Pride organisation and has previously been put together by representatives of local bars.
Now local residents and Police are worried about where the tens of thousands of Pridegoers will end up if St James Street isn’t shut for the event. The lack of a street party license means drinking on the street will be illegal and bars will not be allowed to play music outside.