World Pride & London Pride event
Baker Street / Trafalgar Square, London, Great Britain
artists including Boy George
7th July 2012
Photograph by Elliott Franks
Londons' World Pride event was significantly "scaled back" at an emergency all-agencies meeting on the 27th June 2012, 9 days before the event was due to take place and after the festival fortnight had started. Pride London organisers had failed to secure the monies necessary for contractors of key areas of the work, and they announced that all activites were being cut or cancelled. The London Evening Standard reported that four contractors from the previous year's Pride event were owed £65,000 in unpaid debts, though this has been officially denied by Pride London. Consequently, the entertainment and stages were all cut, and license applications for street parties in Soho withdrawn. Instead, the event plans included a Pride Walk (without floats or vehicles), and a scaled back rally in Trafalgar square. On 5th July, the Metropolitan Police issued a license regulations notice to all venues in Soho, reminding them that Pride London now has no license for street events in the Soho area, and therefore venues should treat WorldPride as "any normal day"