Thousands join the party as Norwich Pride takes to the streets

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Bubbles, music and dance brought the streets of Norwich to life as around 5,000 people took part in the city's seventh annual Pride parade.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The loud and colourful march was the highlight of a day of celebrations from the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community.

Some veterans of previous Norwich Prides said today's event saw a record number of people line the streets to show their support as the parade made its way from Chapelfield Gardens to Millennium Plain, outside the Forum, where singers, drag queens and dancers performed at the Pride Show.

Earlier, the parade was asked to pause outside City Hall for about 10 minutes, while paramedics treated a man who suffered a suspected cardiac arrest outside the Forum. He was later taken to hospital by ambulance.

Rosie Baldwin, from Loddon, had been to every parade since it was launched, and said: 'It's so huge. The number of different types of people that are coming is phenomenal. Every year, there are more allies coming to support us.'

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Colour and fun in Norwich for the 2015 Pride celebrations.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk


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Organisers estimated that 5,000 either took part or lined the route.

Beebee Thurlow, 21, from Wymondham, was attending her third Pride.

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She said: 'We had a little old lady come up to use saying she was here supporting her son, because he does not know he is gay, because he is married, but she is supporting him. It was one of the sweetest things I have heard.'

Groups taking part in the parade included the GMB union, and the Time to Change campaign, which urges people to talk about mental health.

David Tangston, 55, from Norwich, said he had also noticed more people lining the streets, compared to previous events, and not seen protesters who had come before.

He said: 'It's an all-inclusive, great party for every one.'

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