– Sergeant Laura Millward, Leicestershire Police LGBT Network Chair
It is a great day to celebrate the diversity of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We are really looking forward to marching this year, and it will be good to see some of the Force’s straight allies also showing their support to LGBT colleagues.
Police officers and staff from Leicestershire Police will march for the first time at Leicester Pride tomorrow.
The force patrols the event every year, but the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network have decided this year to take part.
Up to 13 officers are to wear special t-shirts in the parade, which starts at the Curve Theatre, and finishes at Victoria Park.
Police have reported a trouble free Birmingham Pride party over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender festival was celebrated by almost 50,000 people.
– West Midlands Police Inspector Stuart Bill
"Our aim was to ensure a peaceful, enjoyable event for everyone at the festival and we believe that this was achieved."
To see pictures from the party, click here.
Up to one hundred thousand people are expected in Birmingham this weekend for the Pride Festival.
Now in it's 17th year, the UK's largest gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender event started with a carnvival parade to Hurst Street where Boyband JLS will headline a show this evening.
The festival continues tomorrow. Gay marraige campaigner Peter Tatchell led the procession in Victoria Square.
JLS will be on stage in Birmingham later today for one of the UK's biggest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festivals, despite the announcement by the group last month they are splitting up.
Birmingham Pride kicks off at 12:00 noon with the Carnival Parade.
Alongside JLS, Bananarama, Lucy Spraggan, Paloma Faith, Misha B and Rylan Clark will be performing at the festival.
For more information, head to the Birmingham Pride website.
'Equal love' will be celebrated in Birmingham this weekend as one of the UK's biggest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festivals returns.
This year's Carnival Parade begins at 12:00 noon from Victoria Square.
The parade includes around 20 floats and a number of colourful walking groups. Before arriving in The Village in Hurst Street, it will go through New Street, High Street, Carrs Lane, Moor Street Queensway and Smallbrook Queensway.
Last year's Birmingham Pride celebrated Britain's diversity and the Diamond Jubilee.
The Birmingham Pride parade has got underway! A route of the parade can be found here
Excitement is building in Birmingham's Victoria square ahead of Birmingham Pride Parade at noon today.