160,000 attend Brighton Pride

160,000 people descend on Brighton and Hove for the annual gay Pride parade and party in Preston Park.

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Police say Brighton Pride was a 'huge success'

This year's Brighton Pride is seen as the biggest to date but despite the masses of people descending on the city, Police say arrest numbers were similar to previous years.

40 arrests were made on August 3-4 and 24 arrests were made either in Preston Park or very close.

Given the sheer size of this operation, I would say that overall, the day was a huge success and the vast majority of attendees will have experienced a wonderful festive weekend and will take home some great memories of Pride 2013.

Officers worked through the night and were a visible presence on the streets to help, advise and prevent crime.

It was great seeing the support from many of the crowds gathered in the street for the officers and staff who were marching in the parade.

– Paul Betts, Detective Chief Inspector

Thousands flock to Brighton for Pride festival

160,000 people descended on Brighton this weekend for the annual Gay Pride parade and party. It's one of the UK's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festivals. The theme this year is 'Gay Icons'.

Richard Jones talks to David Hill the Director of Brighton Pride and various others who came to enjoy the festivites in his report.

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Council praise Pride's 'great atmosphere'

The Parade was welcomed by crowds of thousands as it went through the city with waves and cheers and the atmosphere up at Preston Park was great, people enjoying themselves with friends and family. Once again our joint working with the police and other agencies has been very successful throughout the day and will continue through the rest of the weekend.

– Paula Murray, Assistant Chief Executive from Brighton and Hove City Council

Police make 'number of arrests' at Pride festival

This is one of the biggest policing operations we manage, and it could not happen without the support and hard work from all those involved and the thousands of people who travel from far and wide to attend it and help make it an amazing and fun event.

– Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison - Gold commander at Pride

Officers have made a number of arrests today, which is expected at such a large event. If you have come to the city with friends then stick together, have fun but make sure you all go home together - I don't want anyone to end up with not so pleasant memories of their Pride weekend. I would like to wish everyone a fun and safe evening and a pleasant journey home.

– Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison - Gold commander at Pride

In Pictures: Brighton Pride 2013

This year's theme is Gay Icons Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Thousands descended on Brighton for the parade Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Some of the colourful characters on parade Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
No costume is too over the top Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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