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Plenty of Pride is on show during parade

Sheffield's Pride Parade where members of the public gathered on Tudor Square before moving moving down to Devonshire Green.

Sheffield's Pride Parade where members of the public gathered on Tudor Square before moving moving down to Devonshire Green.

  • by Alex Evans
 

A rainbow of colour flooded Sheffield city centre as the annual Sheffield Pride parade took to the streets.

A day of events was held across the city centre including live music and an after-party all celebrating equality and diversity for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

There was also fun for families as face-painting and a fairground were put on near the main stage on Devonshire Green.

Saturday’s parade saw hundreds of people waving flags walk from Tudor Square along Surrey Street, Barkers Pool and Division Street, before arriving at the green for the main event.

Live music from artists including Polkadodge, Sour Cherry, Red Faces and Sam Solace played for the crowd, while dance acts including Dan Walker and Carl Dean played at the official after-party at Foundry And Fusion.

People were encouraged to wear various colours to show their support for gay issues.

Those wearing red were representing ‘breaking down prejudice’, while yellow ‘symbolised achievements’ and green was worn for LGBT youth.

Adam Hood, Sheffield Pride leader, said: “As with the main event on Devonshire Green, the parade is an opportunity to show their colours and express themselves.”

Maria Jacobsen-Holmes, aged 24, from Fulwood, said: “Gay pride is a really important event because there’s a lot of issues going on internationally about anti-homosexuality and transgender issues at the moment.

“It’s important in countries where it’s our right to be open and to show the support and the progress being made to show everybody is entitled to the same rights.

“Events like this are important and it’s nice to see a lot of other people have turned out for it - not necessarily just gay people.

“There seems to be a lot of support from the community.”

Paul Fowler, aged 56, from Chesterfield, said: “It’s a nice event. There’s no event like this in Sheffield.

“It shows another cultural side to the city, though it was a shame about the weather.”

 

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