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05 August 2017

Revellers strut their stuff at Pride festival in Brighton as thousands celebrate in rainbow of colour

THOUSANDS took to the streets of Brighton today to celebrate Pride.

Around 30,000 revellers dressed in rainbow colours and elaborate costumes descended on the seaside city for the largest annual summer Pride celebrations.

Thousands took to the streets of Brighton
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People were shaking their tail feathers at today’s celebrations
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Revellers wore whacky costumes and rainbow colours
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Lydia Bright onboard the blu float, in support of their Something Better campaign at The Brighton Pride Community Parade
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People werent afraid to go all out with their costumes
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Even the police got involved in the LGBTQ celebrations
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At least 100 floats were took part in this year decorated in psychedelic colours to celebrate the Summer of Love theme.

Even police cars and fire engines were seen decorated with rainbow colours – inspired by the LGBT pride flag, which is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride and social movements.

The Pet Shop Boys are headlining the event in their first Pride performance in 20 yers.

Louisa Johnson, Years & Years and KStewart are also performing.

Pride director Paul Kemp said: “As we celebrate the milestone of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, this year’s Pride is all set to be one of the best ever.”

The first Brighton and Hove gay Pride march was staged in 1973, but did not return to the city until 1991 amid political anger over Section 20’s ban of the promotion of homosexuality.

Louisa Johnson performed at the event
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Thousands turned out for the Pride event
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Police officers posed with revellers during the celebrations
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Even a police car was covered in the rainbow
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Even a fire engine got in on the rainbow action
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Brighton isn’t the only city to celebrate equality and LGBTQ+ rights today, Belfast, Stockholm and Amsterdam also held their annual Pride celebrations.

Irish Taoisieach Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s first openly gay leader, attended Belfast Pride and said it was “only a matter of time” before same-sex marriage is made legal in Northern Ireland.

It was also Pride in Belfast today
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Many paraders made their views on the Northern Irish laws on gay marriage known
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Some paraders made a statement over same sex marriage laws in Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage remains outlawed after the Republic of Ireland voted to change the law in a referendum in 2015.

Mr Varadkar added: “It is of course a decision for the Northern Ireland Assembly, but I am confident that like other western European countries they will make that decision in due course.”

This was the first year uniformed police officers marched in the parade through the city centre.

The rainbow Pride flag has been raised at a UK Government building at Stormont, the Northern Irish parliament, for the first time.


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