London PRIDE! Capital bursts with rainbow colours

London PRIDE! Capital bursts with rainbow colours as up to a million people are set to take to the streets for one of the world’s biggest LGBT celebrations

  • There are nearly 500 groups marching in this year’s parade, and it is expected to be the most diverse 
  • Parade sets off from Portland Place before moving down Oxford Circus, Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus
  • There are plenty of vantage points to watch the parade, which will fill the whole afternoon

London is bursting with every shade of the rainbow as up to a million people are expected to flock to the capital to enjoy – and take part in – today’s colourful Pride in London Parade. 

The popular annual event is just one way Pride in London celebrates the capital’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community with events showcasing LGBT+ culture including theatre, dance, art, cinema, parties and activities across the city. 

There are nearly 500 groups marching in this year’s parade, and it is expected to be the most diverse yet.    

The parade sets off from Portland Place at midday, moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passing Trafalgar Square before finishing on Whitehall – ending about 5pm. 

Organisers recommend that spectators avoid busy locations such as Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus as there are plenty of vantage points to watch the parade, which will fill the whole afternoon.

Along the parade route keep an eye out for the podiums – where spectators will be welcomed by an array of parade hosts who will let people know who is who, and what is going on during the parade.

Most importantly, wear suncream and take plenty of water to keep hydrated as blue skies and ample sunshine will provide yet another hot day in the capital, advise organisers.

Up to one million people are expected to gather in London today to attend the annual Pride in London parade

A parade-goer during Pride In London is among those descending upon the capital to enjoy the annual event

Face paint, glitter and colourful headwear are the order of the day. Visitors are flocking to the capital to help celebrate the diversity of the LGBT+ community with the colourful Pride in London Parade through central London

Above, a RNLI boat takes part in the Pride Thames River procession. This year’s Pride in London theme is #PrideMatters

There are nearly 500 groups marching in this year’s Parade and it’s expected to be the most diverse yet

The party sees thousands of people of all genders, sexualities, race and faith come together every year for Pride in London

When London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the date of London Pride 2018 last year, he confirmed a new five-year commitment to funding Pride in London

Vehicles, including this bus, have had a Pride-style makeover to celebrate and show support for the mammoth event

Front view: Nothing boring about this bus which is covered in bright, colourful balloons

About to enjoy the atmosphere: The event’s organisers also hope that the many rainbows ‘work their magic and send good vibes over to Russia’

There are nearly 500 groups marching in this year’s Parade through the capital, including these participants above

The Metropolitan Police said it was proud to be part of Pride, an event that is a spectacular celebration of diversity, inclusivity and the capital

No flagging: A flag seller stall at Piccadilly Circus prepares for trade at the Pride In London on July 7

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