THEY didn’t care it was raining...
Members of Sheffield’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were determined not to let the weather spoil their annual Pride festival and brightened up the dank weekend.
Thousands turned out for the event in Endcliffe Park.
The bright array of costumes even included stilt walkers clad in hotpants.
And the event was not exclusively for members of the gay community.
Nik King, chair of Sheffield Pride, said: “We wanted to send out an invite to everyone to join the carnival atmosphere.”
Entertainment featured drag queens in sequins plus music, dance, cabaret and circus entertainers.
There was a women’s tent showcasing female talent, community area, burlesque performances and line dancing for all, plus face painting, craft sessions and opportunities for youngsters to perform in a children’s talent show.
For sports fans, there were rugby workshops and ping pong.
As well as all the fun, games and entertainment, visitors could find advice from a number of organisations and businesses supporting the LGBT community including the unique Irwin Mitchell Life Clinic, providing specific specialist assistance around subjects including finance and adoption.
In true festival style, all manner of food and drinks were available, with two bars serving afternoon delights.
Sheffield Pride was being held for its fourth year and organisers hoped to achieve a ‘street party feel to rival the community carnivals of the world, from Rio De Janeiro to Notting Hill while also highlighting issues that continue to be synonymous with the LGBT community’.
The Sheffield Pride committee worked alongside the local community and businesses to organise the event.
Once the daytime event came to a close, the merrymaking continued with gay club night Climax holding a Pride After Party hosted at Sheffield Hallam University Students Union, on Paternoster Row, then an after-after party at Lion’s Lair, on Burgess Street.