Parade Lead

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Pride in London is led by a group of volunteers who are passionate about equality and diversity. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and any surplus funds we raise are used to support the LGBTQ community and improve the event.

Together, we run the UK’s biggest, most diverse pride, and our job is to make sure we provide a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people) to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. 

From Pride’s Got Talent, which helps to showcase the wonderful creativity across our community, to our annual Parade through the heart of the West End and the amazing two-week, city-wide Festival that precedes Pride weekend, everything we do is designed to give LGBTQ people a platform to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed. 

Pride in London includes people of every race and faith, whether disabled or able-bodied and all sexualities and genders including lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, trans*, genderqueer, gender variant or non-binary as well as straight and cis allies. 

Around 150 people volunteer year-round to help us deliver what has become a world-class Pride. We are already a pretty diverse bunch, but we are looking to add to our diversity and are especially keen to receive applications from the BAME, Trans, Bi, Non-binary and Queer communities. Gender equality is always a key consideration for us.

Purpose of Role

We are looking for a Head of Parade to lead the Parade Team.

You will be tasked in advance of the day with ensuring the parade management, planning and systems needed for the Parade to take place are updated and suitable for 2020. On Parade day you will be based in the parade footprint and oversee the event plan to ensure the event is delivered to the highest standard.

Flexibility in your approach to performing tasks on evenings and weekends is essential so please take this into consideration before you apply.

In return, you will experience and learn what it takes to put on one of the largest LGBT+ Parades in the world. Your input and ideas will be built into the Pride in London event. You will gain a new group of diverse friends and assist the LGBT+ community to create an engaging and world-class event.

Role responsibilities

Your responsibilities will be:

In advance of the Parade day

  1. Planning and organisation of the parade in a full cycle from application system development to debrief
  2. Ensure the Managers of the Pride In London Parade are fully trained and prepared
  3. Attend meetings with the parade team and Director of Operations
  4. Share presentation of briefings to Parade groups
  5. Respond to email questions regarding the Parade
  6. Build and train a team of Parade Supervisors

On the Parade day

  1. Ensure Parade Managers have signed in and are in attendance
  2. Be on two-way radio throughout the day to respond to escalated incidents
  3. Ensure the effective running of the Parade.
  4. Provide guidance and ensure the Parade operates safely

Example of the annual calendar

As a year-round post, the role has various tasks which need to be completed. Below is an example of some of the items on a monthly basis. 

October; Attend the launch of parade consultation at the open meeting

November; Recommendation to board on pricing for entry 2020 & design of parade system

December; Testing and approval of application system for parade groups

January; Launch of applications for parade

February; Application monitoring, capacity checks, initial review, board recommendations

March; Announcement to groups on the outcome of applications

April; Parade briefings to groups x 5 

May; Parade visual collaboration with marketing and communications

June; Attendance to event tabletop with external agencies, socials for parade groups

July; Event takes place

August; Debrief and review with external and internal stakeholders

September; Open meeting attendance

Person Specification

The key traits to be successful in the role are as follows. If you do not have all of the traits, please still apply, as we provide training where skills are missing or could be built upon. 


  1. Experience of working or volunteering on a large scale parade
  2. A calm demeanour and excellent at operating under pressure.
  3. A naturally authoritative attitude, as well as having the ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
  4. Experience of operating within an environment where conflict can arise.
  5. An adaptable and flexible approach in the face of changing situations.
  6. Strong organisational skills, and the ability to seamlessly multitask.
  7. An understanding of marketing and communication skills
  8. A desire to promote equality for all parts of the LGBT+ spectrum for London


  1. Experience of working with a production partner
  2. Experience of managing teams
  3. Experience of using two-way radios.
  4. Experience of collaborating with stages and technical teams.
  5. Experience of attending large scale parade events (either as a volunteer or as a spectator).

We are already a diverse team, but one of Pride in London’s main focuses is to equally represent all parts of our community and be as diverse as possible. As such, we are especially keen to receive applications from BAME individuals, within the trans, bisexual, non-binary and unspecified queer communities; and from people who identify as disabled. If you feel you are underrepresented within the LGBT+ community, we encourage you to apply for one of our roles and we’ll help you find the best place for you within our organisation. There’s a role for everyone at Pride in London!

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Our Culture

Our volunteers are driven and passionate about what they do. Putting on one of London's largest one-day events requires dedication and perseverance. 

Although a lot of our work is completed remotely, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet with your team and others throughout the year to not only plan what's ahead but to socialise too. 

We're looking for enthusiastic people to join the organisation so we can provide a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community. 

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