More than a million pack London's streets for Pride parade

Spectators line the route of London's annual Pride Parade, on July 2, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
Drag queen Courtney Act attends the 2022 Pride Parade in London. PHOTO: REUTERS
People participate in the Pride march in London. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON (REUTERS) - More than a million people flocked to central London on Saturday (July 2) for a record-breaking 50th-anniversary Pride parade.

The three-hour-long parade, headed by veterans of the LGBT movement who took part in Britain's first Pride march, retraced part of the original route of 1972.

Organisers said there had been 30,000 participants.

The first Pride had seen a few hundred marchers met by a heavy uniformed police presence, but this time revellers wearing face paint and waving rainbow flags were cheered on by a record crowd that, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, numbered over a million.

Celebrities and politicians including Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer joined the party.

"Fiftieth anniversary and what, in my heavens, what a milestone! What a difference in society between then and now,"said John Clark, a council worker who watched the parade from the sidelines.

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community take part in the annual Pride Parade in London. PHOTO: AFP

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