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Thousands take part in Bristol Pride march and festival

Pride 2012
Image caption The parade was led by Afro Brazilian Sambistas dancers and the city's first openly-gay lord mayor, Councillor Peter Main

Thousands of people have braved the rain to take part in Bristol's Pride celebrations.

The Pride Parade set off from Berkeley Square at 11:00 BST and travelled down Park Street to College Green where the main event is being held.

It marks the end of Pride Week - a celebration of the lives and talents of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community.

More than 40 acts are expected over five performance areas and two stages.

The parade was led by Afro Brazilian Sambistas dancers and the city's first openly-gay lord mayor, Councillor Peter Main.

The event is headlined by singer Martha Wash and performer Bright Light Bright Light.

During the evening a number of parties are planned.

A spokesman for the organisers said the parade was particularly important this year given cuts to services and that other community events had been cancelled.

"It's also the chance to show prejudice has no place in our city and that it is our diversity and communities that make Bristol and the South West great," he said.

"We welcome everybody that values equality to join us.

"Many people who may not be gay themselves may have some form of prejudice to overcome or know someone who is and want to show their support," he added.

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