On Saturday June 25 the annual Pride parade returns to the city's central streets, where thousands of folks of all strokes will celebrate diversity in the LGBT+ community. There's just one difference this year, and that's the fact that among the 54 floats there will be a punk one. Driven by Pride Punx, a non-profit group started up to represent queer punks and 'any person to stand up and be whoever the fuck they want to be', the float will host live bands – Jakal, The Dub Righters and SHOT – as well as blaring a punk rock playlist.
Pride Punx founder Tali Clarke – the filmmaker behind 'A Riot of Our Own', a documentary about the closure of London's iconic 12 Bar club – decided to apply to put a punk float in the parade after attending Pride in Berlin. 'I was so touched by the…celebration of love, life, freedom and acceptance,' Clarke writes on the donation page, 'because these are all aspects championed by the punk ethos. I was saddened not to see a queer punk presence, and as music is such a strong part of people's lives…the omission of such a force could be alienating and isolating a big part of the community.'
In order to get this show on the road – literally – Pride Punx are seeking your help. Visit gofundme.com/pridepunx to make a donation.
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