VIDEO: Crowds flock to wealth of events in warm sunshine

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Thousands of people attended a wealth of events around Sheffield as hot weather brought out the crowds.

Record numbers were reported by organisers of events including the annual gay Pride event in the city centre, and Sharrow Multicultural Festival in Mount Pleasant Park.

Sheffield Pride celebrations in Barkers Pool and a parade down to Devonshire Green.

Sheffield Pride celebrations in Barkers Pool and a parade down to Devonshire Green.

In Sharrow there was music, dance, stalls and entertainment through Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

Alan Deadman, one of the organisers, said: “It was pretty fantastic. We’ve been running since 1998 and I’d estimate there were 6,000 visitors, making it the most successful year ever.”

The city centre took on a vibrant atmosphere as Sheffield’s annual Pride event took place for the sixth year.

At least 5,000 people attended the day, which started with a free gathering in Barker’s Pool, where there were stalls, food and drink, and a DJ set by a drag queen.

Sheffield Pride celebrations in Barkers Pool and a parade down to Devonshire Green.

Sheffield Pride celebrations in Barkers Pool and a parade down to Devonshire Green.

Then around 1,000 people marched along Division Street to Devonshire Green for entertainment, a fairground, and music by DJs from top gay clubs around the country.

Some of the marchers carried placards while many had rainbow flags - a symbol of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The party on Devonshire Green was due to continue until as late as 4am on Sunday.

Organiser Adam Hood said the event, in glorious sunshine, was set to be the best Pride ever in Sheffield.

Sheffield Pride celebrations in Barkers Pool and a parade down to Devonshire Green.

Sheffield Pride celebrations in Barkers Pool and a parade down to Devonshire Green.

He said: “We were expecting at least 5,000 people and I’m very confident we had more than that. There were 1,000 people on the parade alone, compared with 300 last year - although the weather was poor then.

“Pride has been going for six years in Sheffield and this year’s is the biggest.”

Adam, aged 24, said it was a day ‘for everyone to come together and make some noise for equality’.

And William Cocking, 46, from Stannington, Sheffield chairman of support charity Soundout, said: “Pride is to promote the fact we all support each other. It’s a great atmosphere and a very safe event.”

Sharrow Multicultural Festiva took place at Mount Pleasan Park on Saturday (5 July 2013). Our picture shows a band on stage at the event.

Sharrow Multicultural Festiva took place at Mount Pleasan Park on Saturday (5 July 2013). Our picture shows a band on stage at the event.

Among the party-goers were Sheffield University students Romilly Close, 19, and Cez Mabe, 20.

Romilly, who lives in Broomhall, said: “It’s great that events like this are going on to bring the community together.”

Cez, 20, of Crookes, added: “Pride is really important as a celebration.”

Other events taking place around Sheffield included outdoors celebration Cliffhanger in Graves Park, and the Abbeyfield Multicultural Festival, in Abbeyfield Park, Pitsmoor, yesterday - which went ahead thanks to around 80 volunteers despite a lack of council funding.

Entertainment included church choirs, hip hop and rap artists, belly dancers and the Romano Jilo Dance Group - whose members practise weekly in Fir Vale.

Dance group organiser Basil Sage said: “All of the group live around the area and get together at Earl Marshal youth centre.

Sharrow Multicultural Festiva took place at Mount Pleasan Park on Saturday (5 July 2013). Our picture shows Ella Langton, aged seven, of Heeley, at the event.

Sharrow Multicultural Festiva took place at Mount Pleasan Park on Saturday (5 July 2013). Our picture shows Ella Langton, aged seven, of Heeley, at the event.

“They’ve been performing at a variety of local festivals.”

Village galas were held in Worrall and Coal Aston, Bolsterstone held a celebration to mark 100 years of garden parties, there was a fun day in Chapeltown, and people in Totley opened their gardens to the public.

Greystones Primary School summer fair also took place, along with the Taste 5k fun run at Weston Park, on Saturday.