Thousands attend London Pride as mayor Sadiq Khan leads the colorful parade | EUROtoday

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Hundreds of hundreds have gathered within the capital for London’s annual Pride parade, with the capital centre decked in rainbows to have fun the occasion.

Crowds lined the streets from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square to observe the floats move by, with dancers, martial arts performers and celebration buses participating.

An estimated 500 LGBTQ+ neighborhood teams and companies took half within the parade, comprising greater than 32,000 individuals, whereas phases and avenue acts stuffed the streets of Soho.

Myriad groups were represented at the event
Myriad teams had been represented on the occasion (Tim Anderson/PA)
People take part in the Pride in London parade
People participate within the Pride in London parade (Tim Anderson/PA)

Setting off at noon on Saturday afternoon, London mayor Sadiq Khan was on the entrance of the parade alongside his spouse, Saadiya Khan. The mayor was joined by Andrew Boff, a Conservative London Assembly member, and air high quality campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.

Among the myriad teams represented on the parade had been Tesco staff, a marching band who handled crowds to a preferred brass model of “Toxic” by Britney Spears, and Ishigaki JuJitsu, the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ martial arts membership.

As the parade went down Piccadilly, spectators and individuals danced and sang to loud pop music being pumped out of a Heart Radio float.

Mr Khan mentioned in an announcement: “I’m delighted that London’s diverse LGBTQI+ communities and allies are once again joining together in the heart of our capital for our world-renowned Pride celebrations and march of solidarity.

“Pride is one of the highlights of my year and it is an honour to have been on every march since I was first elected as mayor in 2016.

A cardboard figure of Jesus Christ holds a sign, ‘I’m sorry about them’, pointing toward Christian protesters
A cardboard figure of Jesus Christ holds a sign, ‘I’m sorry about them’, pointing toward Christian protesters (Tim Anderson/PA)

“This incredible event is a shining light for LGBTQI+ rights and shows why our city is a beacon for openness and inclusion – a place where you are embraced and celebrated for who you are. Our capital’s LGBTQI+ communities make a huge contribution to life in London.

“There is, however, still work to be done to achieve true equality, and as a proud ally, I’ll continue to stand side by side with our capital’s LGBTQI+ communities as we work to build a better London for all.”

Bikers also took to the streets for the parade
Bikers additionally took to the streets for the parade (Tim Anderson/PA)

Among these on the march had been the group Queers for Palestine, who walked down Piccadilly chanting “There is no pride in genocide”.

The 50-person group held posters accusing Israel of genocide and condemning “pinkwashing” – the accusation that Israel takes a progressive place on homosexual rights to enhance its worldwide status.

Also in attendence had been a small group of Christian counter-protesters who gathered alongside the Pride parade reciting non secular sermons criticising the march.