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VIDEO: Hundreds turn out for Sheffield Pride 2014

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A rainbow of colour flooded the city centre today as the Sheffield Pride 2014 took to the streets.

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

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

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

Live artists including Polkadodge, Sour Cherry, Red Faces and Sam Solace are playing for crowds at Devonshire Green today while dance acts including Dan Wakler and Carl Dean are set to entertain crowds at the official after-party at Foundry And Fusion from 10pm tonight.

Maria Jacobsen-Holmes, aged 24, from Fulwood, said: “I think gay pride is a really important event because there’s a lot of issues going on internationally about anti-homosexuality and transgender issues so it is important at the moment. In this countries where it’s our right to be open to actually be open and show the support and show the kind of progress that’s being made in these countries - as an example internationally to show why it’s important everybody is entitled to the same rights.

“Events like this are really important and it’s nice to see that a lot of other people have turned out for it - not necessarily just gay people as well, there seems to be quite a lot of support from the local community.”

Paul Fowler, aged 56, from Chesterfield, said: “It’s a nice event. My son manages it and there’s no event like this in Sheffield.

“It shows another cultural side to the city, though it’s a bit of a shame about the weather.”

 

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