Birmingham Pride: Tens of thousands march in street celebration

image captionLarge crowds filled New Street to watch the procession

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Birmingham for the city's annual Pride parade.

The two-day event began with a parade from the city centre to the Gay Village in Hurst Street.

Huge crowds watched colourful floats in the procession, with large cheers greeting staff from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Fire Service.

Headline artists at the festival include Rudimental, Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters and Beth Ditto.

image captionThis reveller chose a host of colours for his costume as he prepared to join the parade from Victoria Square
image captionDrag artists were ready to party in Birmingham
image captionThis group was one of many colourful sights at the event
image captionEven Birmingham's bull entered the spirit of Pride
image captionMembers of Stonewall carried placards through the streets of the city
image captionRunning club members took part in a quick dash to entertain the crowds
image captionThe event attracted people of all ages
image captionFlamboyant costumes lit up the parade
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Birmingham Pride events are taking place in and around the city's gay village on 26 and 27 May.

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