BRIGHTON Pride is set to return this year, organisers have announced.

Last year, coronavirus restrictions meant the event to mark its landmark 30th anniversary was canceled “with a heavy heart”.

However, following the news of the UK Government’s roadmap for the lifting of social distancing rules on June 21, organisers say they are “thrilled” to announce this year’s event will go ahead as planned.

The celebrations will take place on August 6-8.

Organisers said: “Pride is a hugely important event for our city and community groups and we are regularly reviewing our planning by working with strategic partners and Brighton and Hove City Council and following government guidelines, so if you plan to attend Pride this year we advise early booking as demand is already high and we may need to limit or amend capacities.

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“Over 20,000 early bird and first release tickets had already sold out in 2020 and we’d like to thank everyone who rolled over their tickets to 2021.

"Existing ticket holders don’t need to do anything as your tickets are already valid.

“Second release Tickets for Fabuloso! Pride In The Park are on sale.”

Pride was due to take place on August 1 and 2 last year with stars Mariah Carey and The Pussycat Dolls headlining the two days of music at Preston Park.

Organisers made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event due to the "catastrophic health and economic impacts" the pandemic was having on the community.

Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, is delighted this year's event will go ahead this year as planned. 

He said: "This is fantastic news and just what is needed at the moment – something to look forward to.

"This not only brings much attention and resources to our city, but it's also a real moment of celebration for many people in our community."

Last year, Pride bosses said they hoped Mariah Carey and The Pussycat Dolls, who were due to headline the 2020 event, would grace the stage at Preston Park this year.

At the time, a spokeswoman said they were “in contact with artists who were due to perform".

No new statement on the acts has been issued.