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Soho absolutely buzzing with Pride well into the early hours
London’s Soho was well and truly filled with people celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride last night, as it returned to the capital for the first time in two years.The West End neighbourhood, an epicentre for the LGBTQ+ community, was decorated with an abundance of rainbow flags lighting up the streets with colour.Iconic venues in the area hosted their own after-parties while many revellers gathered in the streets to mingle.Couples shared kisses, friends drank and danced, and the police officers were seen smiling amid the fun, despite being banned from joining the parade.Earlier in the day, over a million people paraded through the capital to mark the big Pride milestone.The celebration, which had been halted due to the Covid pandemic, returned to the capital for what organisers called the ‘biggest and most inclusive event in history’.Crowds had been led by the Gay Liberation Front whose activists took part in the original 1972 parade, where 2,000 marched in protest of police treatment towards the LGBTQ+ community.This year saw some 600 groups and organisations join the parade from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall.In Trafalgar Square, famous faces such as Dame Kelly Holmes and Peter Schofield – both of whom have come out in recent years – addressed the crowds, while an array of artists performed.Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at more stories like this, check our news page.
‘Happy Pride!’: Adele drapes herself in rainbow flag for emotional performance at BST Hyde Park gig hours after London parade
Adele made sure to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride in style, as she draped herself in a rainbow flag for her second epic performance at BST Hyde Park.The singer shared her love for the LGBT community during the spectacular gig, donning the Progress Pride Flag as she belted out her song When We Were Young.Adele, 34, could also be seen waving the flag, with plenty of supporters in the crowd waving their rainbow flags right back at her, just hours after London’s Pride Parade.She told the audience: ‘Happy Pride. I wore my hair out today to try and be a bit draggy.’The star has long been a supporter of the LGBT community, previously performing for free at Pride in 2011, and describing the community as her ‘soulmates’ during an emotional speech following the shooting in Pulse nightclub, Florida, in 2016.Of course, she also got ordained to marry her close friend Alan Carr to his husband Paul Drayton in 2018.Happy Pride from @Adele ð³ï¸âð lit up London’s Hyde Park on Friday and Saturday with her epic performances, which were her first headline gigs in the UK since 2017.It was a glorious homecoming for the singer, who released her album 30 earlier this year.Stars including Tom Cruise, Ant and Dec, and James Corden were out in force to support the star, but she likely only had eyes for one person in the crowd – her nine-year-old son Angelo, who was also there supporting her.