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

7/3/2022 3:55:00 AM

More than a million people flocked to central London on Saturday for a record-breaking 50th-anniversary Pride parade.

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Headed by some of the veterans of the LGBT + movement in the UK who took part in 1972 in the country's first Pride parade, thousands of revelers crowded the streets of London to celebrate the 50th anniversary

More than a million people flocked to central London on Saturday for a record-breaking 50th-anniversary Pride parade.

1/7People kiss, while taking part in the 2022 Pride Parade in London, Britain July 2, 2022. REUTERS/Henry NichollsRead MoreThe 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.

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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.The streets of London have been filled with color as the U.Pride .Full Screen 1 / 9 People take part in the Pride rally in London, Saturday July 2, 2022.

Organisers said there had been 30,000 participants, 1/7 People kiss, while taking part in the 2022 Pride Parade in London, Britain July 2, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Read More 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. capital marked 50 years of Pride. Celebrities and politicians including Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer joined the party. Saturday's procession took on a similar route to the original, starting outside Hyde Park and touring the streets towards Westminster. "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. They formed a spectacle of rainbow flags, glitter and sequins. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters. (James Manning/PA via AP) LONDON – Hundreds of thousands of people turned out on the streets of London on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the U.

com Register Writing by Andy Bruce; Editing by Kevin Liffey Our Standards: . Saturday's procession took on a similar route to the original. London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed a"beautiful day" of"unity, visibility, equality and solidarity" as he joined in the celebrations.