Pride in London Parade

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The huge annual parade that celebrates LGBT+ communities marches through central London once again

That colourful, crowded, loud and unquestionably fun time of year is rearing its head again. No, we're not talking about Notting Hill Carnival, although they do both replace London's noxious traffic with joyous partying. We're talking about the Pride in London Parade, which this year sees its biggest ever celebration to date.

Taking place on the last Saturday of June, 2016's event is promoting the hashtag theme #nofilter and requesting that you 'just be you'. So wear whatever you like, march however you like (although keep these essential Pride tips in mind) and follow the throng of likeminded folk from BBC Broadcasting House at the north end of Regent Street, past Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. 

Making the journey will be 231 walking groups and 55 floats – one of which is Pride Punx, the first ever punk float to take part in the Pride in London Parade. There will also be a main stage of entertainment from 12noon until 8pm in Trafalgar Square for a £3 donation. Announced for that stage so far is the fantastic cabaret artist Michael Twaits with La Voix, a semi-finalist from 'Britain's Got Talent', the Gay Men's Dance Company and many more. You can find the full line-up and times on the Facebook event page.

For those of you itching to carry on the party after-hours, check out our pick of London's best Pride parties.

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Jonnyboy

 After the atrocities that happened in Orlando only a few weeks ago, you may have thought London Pride this year would have been a more sombre affair. It totally wasn't. Instead it was it's usual buzzy, display of flags glitter and fake-tan a plenty! 

However I could help but reflect on the events that had happened previously, and feel many of the crowd around me couldn't either. There was clearly admiration and full respect with the new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and US ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun who were at the very front of the parade. Inclusivity, and sheer joy was felt where ever I went. From Regent Street to the brimming bars of Soho. The LGBT community stood strong and I could truely see just what the word 'Pride' really meant.