On Saturday, July 8, in London, a large LGBT parade (London Pride) took place, in which over 26 thousand people took part. The current London Pride, the 45th in a row, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales.
The parade, in particular, was attended by the mayor of London, Sadik Khan and Education Minister Justin Greening. “This is the largest Pride in London history and in the history of this action itself. There are over 1.5 million people gathered here today. It is extremely important that Londoners are free to choose who they want to be and are free to love who they want,” - explained the mayor of the town of Sadik Khan.
The procession began in the center of London at Portland Place. After that, many thousands of people proceeded to Trafalgar Square, and from there - to the government street of Whitehall. A number of shops and subway stations in London were decorated with signs and posters, in the colors of the flag of the LGBT community. The gathered carried bundles of balloons in the form of the inscription "Love", garlands of flowers in hippy style and rainbow flags.
The building of the Palace of Westminster, in which the Parliament of Great Britain sits, was also highlighted in all colors of the rainbow in the evening. The first gay parade was held in London in 1972, then it gathered about two thousand people, but people around, according to recollections of eyewitnesses, behaved quite aggressively. Last year about 40 thousand people took part in the parade.