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'Pride is a chance for us to be happy about who we are'

Hundreds braved the rain to join the Leicester Pride parade as it weaved through the city centre.

The annual LGBT festival celebrates equality and diversity. The party is expected to continue into the evening, where DJs will play into the night at the festival's main stage in Victoria Park.


Police force to take part in Leicester Pride march

Police officers and staff from Leicestershire Police will march for the first time at Leicester Pride tomorrow.

An officer wearing one the t-shirts which will be worn by the force in the parade Credit: Leicestershire Police

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 report a trouble free Birmingham Pride

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.

"Our aim was to ensure a peaceful, enjoyable event for everyone at the festival and we believe that this was achieved."

– West Midlands Police Inspector Stuart Bill

To see pictures from the party, click here.

Sunshine and smiles at Gay Pride

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 in Birmingham for LGBT festival

JLS announced they will be splitting up last month Credit: PA

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.

Paloma Faith will be on stage on Sunday Credit: PA

Birmingham Pride returns this weekend

Last year's parade Credit: ITV News Central

'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.

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