Grandads Front Room to host ‘world’s smallest gay pride party’ later this month

With parades cancelled across the country and pride month in full swing, staff at Grandad’s Front Room are planning a ‘mini pride party’ to celebrate inclusivity and acceptance in Bognor Regis.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 4:34 pm
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 5:25 pm

Taking place across just 353 x 160cms of space, Grandads Front Room’s Mini gay pride party might well be the smallest of it’s kind in the world, says owner Danny Dawes. But that doesn’t mean it will be the quietest.

When it all kicks off outside the CIC’s High Street Venue on June 26, groups of six or less will be invited into the cordoned off festival space to dance, sing, shout and laugh to their heart’s content.

Local DJ Les Dickens, meanwhile, will be playing classic disco tunes from within the safety of the shop’s front window, keeping the spirit of the party alive, with an eclectic mix of classic tracks.

Grandad's Front Room will be hosting a mini gay pride party on June 26
Grandad's Front Room will be hosting a mini gay pride party on June 26

“West Sussex will have never seen a gay pride festival so small. Every time a group turns up, they can have the festival space for themselves for ten minutes, have their own gay pride festival, than carry on into town,” Mr Dawes said.

Alongside the music, the free-to-attend party will also feature balloons, stickers, flags and body-paints, allowing guests to take the spirit of the festival with them as they leave.

“We’re obviously hoping it’s going to be well-attended but, if it’s not , it’s still going to be fun. People will have a good time.

“It’s just about bringing people together. They’ll be able to say ‘I went to a gay pride event.’ It’s just to get it all out there, just to spread that message of acceptance, inclusivity and love in a truly diverse community.”

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