Birmingham city centre hosts Pride festival

image captionBirmingham Pride got under way on Saturday

Birmingham's 15th annual Pride festival has been taking place.

Sixteen floats left Victoria Square on Saturday lunchtime and made their way around streets in the city centre.

UK winner of the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest Katrina, Eurovision 2007 UK entry Scooch and ex-S Club member Jo O'Meara were attending on Saturday.

Two artists famous in the 1980s, Sonia and Hazell Dean, were scheduled for Sunday. "One World, One Love, One Community" is this year's theme.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, city council cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said the festival was part of an annual programme of community-run events which the authority was "proud to support".

He said: "I know that as with previous years, Pride will welcome everyone, gay or straight, who wants to take part in and enjoy this wonderful, colourful and positive celebration."

The festival was taking over the Gay Village around Hurst Street, the council said.

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