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Lord Mayor Cllr Colin Spooner leads the 2018 Canterbury Pride

VIDEO: The party’s started: Pride 2018 underway

The annual riot of colour and noise that is Pride Canterbury is underway.

Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Colin Spooner led the parade down the High Street and to the Dane John Gardens where the main festival is taking place.

Canterbury and Whitstable MP Rosie Duffield and city council leader Simon Cook also joined the parade.

Numerous organisations are supporting this year’s event.

It is expected to attract 10,000 to 15,000 people to the city in what is the third annual event.

The Pride 2018 parade through Canterbury

Groups including S Club and Abbalicious will be performing on the Dane John bandstand.

Organiser and Pride chairman Edd Withers said: “Pride events have their history rooted in protest, and so the parade holds significant meaning for many.

“It’s a chance to show the city who we are, and to demonstrate that LGBT+ people have as much ownership of their city as anyone else.

“The parade sends a distinct message – we are visible. It’s also amazing fun, energetic and exciting.

“We come together and enjoy ourselves, while remembering those who don’t have the freedom to do the same.

“I hope that you are able to join us, join in, and have an amazing day in this amazing city.”

The parade started at the Marlowe Theatre at 11.30am and made its way up the High Street to the Dane John Gardens.

Festivities there began at 12.30pm. They feature music, stalls, food and drink.

The day concludes with a Glitterbomb Pride after-party from 10pm at The Old Brewery tavern. For more information about Pride Canterbury log on to it its website.

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