Over a million people take to the streets of London for the Pride Parade

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – More than a million people flocked to central London on Saturday for a record-breaking 50th anniversary Pride parade.

The three-hour parade, led by veterans of the LGBT movement who took part in the first British Pride march, retraced part of the original route from 1972. Organizers said there were 30,000 participants ,

The first Pride had seen a few hundred marchers met by a heavy uniformed police presence, but this time revelers wearing make-up and waving rainbow flags were cheered on by record crowds who, according to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, numbered over a million.

Celebrities and politicians, including Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer, have joined the party.

“Fiftieth anniversary and what, in my heaven, what a milestone! What a difference in society between then and now,” said council worker John Clark, who watched the parade from backstage.

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Written by Andy Bruce; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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