To be honest, I am glad there won't be any drink available at the Pride march itself.
For a couple of years now, I have felt the message of Pride has been lost amongst all the corporate sponsors and open air boozing. Last year when the idea that gay rights groups were to be banned from speaking as the committe wanted to focus on the party, this only confirmed my growing disillusionment with Pride.
Pride should be a celebration and it is. However, the political message should not be lost. It should be a day to go out and be heard. Not be seen staggering around town at 12 in the day gee eyed.
We are not equal in this country. Yes, we have a more open society but until the day we have equal rights, Pride should not be just an open air piss up sponsored by 98FM.
There is loads of venues for after parties. We don't need to have alcohol at the centre of the Pride parade itself.