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Thousands expected at Leeds Pride celebrations

All aboard the Emmerdale Pride bus

Leeds Pride is back for its 11th year, with thousands of people expected to take part in the celebrations today.

Pride events are aimed at promoting dignity and equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans, plus (LGBT+) community as well as increasing its visibility as a social group.

It also celebrates diversity and gender variance. Events are taking place across the country with around 40,000 expected to attend in Leeds over the weekend.

The main event kicks off at Millennium Square in the city centre from noon today. There will be live music in the square before a parade sets off from there at 2pm with around 60 floats and open-top buses lined up.

Five hours of entertainment will also take place Lower Briggate, inculding a main stage, children's area, dance zone, community market place featuring a mix of groups and organisations, outside bars and a fun fair.

Headliners include M People singer Heather Small, X-Factor contestant Marcus Collins and 1980s star Sonia, with support from 12 other acts.

This year's Pride falls on the same year as the 50th anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalised in the UK. The first Pride event took place in New York City in 1970 a year after the the Stonewall riots, which followed police raiding the Stonewall Inn bar which was popular with LGBT+ people.