In Pictures: London splashed with colour as thousands enjoy biggest ever Pride parade

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Thousands of people descended on the capital for this year’s Pride in London parade for the biggest march in the event’s history.

More than 26,000 took to the streets armed with rainbow flags and Pride banners to celebrate the campaign’s 45th anniversary.

Jubilant revellers were pictured enjoying themselves as a colourful procession of floats and performers made their way through London.

They took the 1.4-mile route from Portland Place, passing through Oxford Circus and Regent Street before ending at Whitehall on Saturday.


Pride in London: Thousands attended the event (PA)

Flag bearers representing countries all around the world, including those where it is still illegal to be LGBT+, joined in the celebrations.

Colourfully dressed Londoners were pictured clambering on to bus shelters as they enjoyed the procession in the sunshine.


Pride: Revellers clambered onto a bus stop to get a good view of the celebrations (PA)

Among the crowds out for the event that champions the rights of the LGBT+ community were the likes of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. 

Addressing revellers, he said the parade was the “best antidote” for the terror and tragedy in recent weeks.

The parade marked 50 years since homosexuality was legalised in the UK, and the theme in 2017 was ‘Love Happens Here.’


Sadiq Khan: Pride parade ‘best antidote for terror and tragedy’ (EPA)

Amongst the precession, a British Transport Police officer was pictured being proposed to by her girlfriend amid cheers from revellers.

Another officer was spotted taking a break from patrolling the streets to play a guitar solo with a street band.


Pride in London 2017: Revellers in their thousands descended on the capital (PA)

In tear-jerking footage posted online, the couple then kiss and embrace to cheers and applause from revellers who descended on the capital for the event.

Emergency services workers from the London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, British Transport Police and the Met were all photographed in amongst the action.

Pride organisers said they were this year more than ever promoting a “message of hope, acceptance, activism and love.”

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