SHEFFIELD: Street parade takes Pride to the people

Sheffield Pride parade up Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park
Sheffield Pride parade up Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park
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A RAINBOW to rival the Jubilee’s red, white and blue stretched across Sheffield as the city’s annual Pride festival took to the streets.

Ecclesall Road came alive with colour, music and noise as the event’s first parade saw spectators join in.

Families, students, charities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community took part in the annual celebration, now in its fifth year.

Drums were banged, banners waved and whistles blown. People in nearby bars, restaurants and cafes stopped to show support.

A hive of activity awaited festival-goers in Endcliffe Park, with acts taking to the main stage and activities to keep everyone entertained.

Martin Ward, a member of Sheffield Pride’s organising committee, said: “We’ve had such a great mix of people - a really strong turnout from the LGBT community but also families, young people, older adults, thousands of people coming and going.

The parade was a massive success and something we will bring back next year.”

University of Sheffield student Charlotte Steele, 19, from Broomhill, said: “It’s nice so many families and children are here. It’s instigating acceptance and encouraging them to embrace differences in society from an early age.”

Sarah Coxton, 34, travelled from Nottingham to attend with her partner and three-year-old son. She said: “There’s something about Sheffield Pride that feels really community-spirited.”