Organisers of Brighton Pride still plan on holding one of the UK 's biggest LGBT+ events despite calls to cancel due to coronavirus.

More than 100 major Pride events round the world, including London, Birmingham and EuroPride, have abandoned this year's events but with just 18 weeks to go, Brighton - worth around £20 million to the city - has not yet said it will cancel. 

Thousands of people take part, with parades through the streets as crowds line the pavements.

The huge festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year and is an essential charity fund-raising event for Brighton, bringing about £20 million to the city's economy.

If it goes ahead, this year's festival on August 1 and 2 is expected to be extra-busy because the event will celebrate its 30th anniversary with headline acts Mariah Carey and the Pussycat Dolls.

A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried along the sea front during Brighton Pride 2019

The organisers said in a statement "With the current situation regarding Covid-19 changing at a rapid pace, we will continue contingency planning and working with our partner agencies to deliver a safe and successful event.

"With August being several months away, we are following government advice and will continue to review our position on a regular basis and implement plans accordingly.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank and support the incredibly hard-working NHS and emergency service staff who are always a big and important part of Pride.

"Brighton and Hove Pride is an essential charity fund-raising event for our city and whilst we don 't have a crystal ball, we sincerely hope the summer brings brighter news so that we can all celebrate our wonderful community."

The massive event is worth £20million to the city's economy

A survey of the UK's LGBT+ community released on Thursday by researchers from Queer Voices Heard said that 75 per cent of those questioned supported the decision to cancel or postpone Prides, with only seven per cent opposed to scrapping them.

One Pride-goer said: "With the over-70s and the vulnerable being told to self isolate for three months and emergency services no longer providing support for large events, I think unfortunately it 's time to cancel just for this year.

"I know a lot of work goes into organising Pride. I have tickets and would be just pleased if they were valid for next year.

"Emergency services won 't have the time to give to organise Pride."

But even many of its own supporters think it should be cancelled this year

On social media many people attacked the refusal to call it off.

RL13 wrote: "Ridiculous. The crowds and close proximity of families makes this an obvious cancellation this year."

Yamum said: "Every large event worldwide has been cancelled due to this horrible virus and potential for massive loss of life. Get a grip and do the right thing!!"

Humbersupersnipe said: "You would have thought they would be more aware, when their community have in the past suffered the devastation of Aids, and the importance of following taking the correct precautions."

TRETOF wrote: "It's madness to even consider holding Pride this year. If it's to do with money, insurance and contracts etc then shame on the Pride organisers for putting profit and money over the health and safety of people.

"If they are not prepared to do the decent thing and cancel this year's Pride now then perhaps the council should cancel their license to hold the event."

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But Hovewhite ll posted: "There's quite a few festivals still going on in August so I guess they are hoping that this madness will be over by then."

The organisers said in a statement "With the current situation regarding Covid-19 changing at a rapid pace, we will continue contingency planning and working with our partner agencies to deliver a safe and successful event.