The London Fuck Parade began as a “Fuck you” to property developers who had introduced “Poor doors” into one of their shiny new blocks of apartments in Aldgate on the edge of London’s East End.
Tenants on affordable rates or social tenants were obliged to use a separate door down a dark side alley, while those paying full rate could swagger through a front concierge area with chandeliers glittering above and bag-carriers on hand 24hr.
So some people said “Fuck that”, and so we had the first Fuck Parade on May Day, Saturday 1st May 2015.
Hundreds gathered, sound systems on trollies, pulled by bikes, dragged or pushed on all sorts of contraptions, a riotous parade of Fuck toured central London to finish six hours later in deepest Soho.
And then we thought: “That was fun. Let’s do it again!” And so we did…
The Fuck Brigade thought that Camden needed some fuck. The closure of the markets, the loss of the Black Cap pub venue and the eternal gentrification process that sweeps Camden again and again needed a response.
The third Fuck Parade was the biggest so far with over a thousand people joining in the party procession. Starting at Shoreditch tube station on Saturday 26 September 2015 (Gallery), it wound its way though the streets of east London.
And then the Fuck Parade returned for its 4th outing on Sunday 1st May 2016, a MaskARaid against gentrification – info here : Gallery here
Well, another Fuck Parade has fucked, come and gone. 6pm Sunday 1st May 2016, the Fuck Parade gathered as planned, and moved off in coloured smoke, masks, costumes, disguises revealing so much more.
The Parade passed by the Jack the Ripper Museum and then crossed various London bridges before rumbling up Brick Lane E1 again, for an after-party in a local park.
There are rumours are that Fuck Paraders continued long into the night…
You can get some background and images from Fuck Parades in the Galleries here, or you could just sit back and listen to the radio interviews linked below:
Show #142 Architects for Social Housing from The Circled A: Broadcasts on Resonance 104.4 FM Tuesdays at 10pm, posted 24 March 2016. On this show is Simon Elmer, a housing campaigner and founder member of Architects for Social Housing. We talk about the current neo-liberal agenda for social cleansing particularly in London, the Housing Bill, council estates such as Cressingham Gardens facing demolition and more!
Show #136 The Fuck Parade: Against Gentrification from The Circled A: Broadcasts on Resonance 104.4 FM Tuesdays at 10pm, posted 11 February 2016. Arthur is a working class anarchist, anti-fascist and one of the key organisers of the Fuck Parade, a demonstration against the increasing gentrification of London. We talk about their previous protests, identity politics, Hipsters, The Tories, Class War politics Anarchism and more.
More information about the Class War campaign against Poor Doors here