Thousands of people descended on central Birmingham this weekend to celebrate equal love, as costumes, colour and political protest dominated Birmingham Pride weekend.

Armed with placards and banners demanding the recognition of same-sex marriage; activists, politicians, and revellers took to the streets to march for equality before celebrating the diversity and visibility of the city’s LGBT+ community.

With guests from across the country joining Brummies for the UK’s largest two-day Pride festival, the city was awash with rainbow flags, brightly-coloured costumes, music, song, dance and positivity as a procession of walking groups and boisterous floats paraded through the city centre streets from Victoria Square to Hurst Street.

In the city’s LGBT+ quarter – commonly know as ‘The Village’ – attendees enjoyed an endless array of stalls showcasing rainbow accessories, jewellery, clothes, glitter and glamour alongside food & drink kiosks, dance tents, information stands; and not forgetting the city’s lesbian and gay entertainment venues overflowing with crowds spilling into the busy streets.

Although an ticketed space, the streets of the Southside district were heaving with partygoers enjoying dance music, fairground rides, street drinking and merriment, as a confidently loud and proud Mardi Gras vibe took over this queer corner of Brumtown.

Among A-list music stars JLS, Paloma Faith and 80s legends Bananarama, the event also welcomed X Factor finalists Rylan Clark, Lucy Spraggan, Misha B and Kitty Brucknell to grace several stages dotted around the large outdoor festival site.

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell and MEP Michael Cashman led the Pride parade alongside festival director Lawrence Barton, and greeted visitors to the celebration as hundreds of spectators lined the streets to watch drag queens, a samba band and scantily-clad dancers march by.


GALLERY: LGBT+ celebrations at Birmingham Pride 2013


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Muscle boy strippers at Birmingham PrideAdam Yosef

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Pride marches past the Rotunda and Bullring in BirminghamAdam Yosef

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The Pride parade passes by The Green Room in Hurst Street, Birmingham city centre Adam Yosef

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A rainbow Unison banner is carried by trade union members, with Prowler gay store muscle men walking aheadAdam Yosef

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LGBT+ human rights activist Peter Tatchell with journalist and activist Adam Yosef at Birmingham Pride 2013Adam Yosef

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Human rights activist Peter Tatchell leads the Birmingham Pride 2013 parade alongside Pride director Lawrence Barton and Michael Cashman MEP Adam Yosef

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Human rights activist Peter Tatchell leads the Birmingham Pride 2013 parade alongside Michael Cashman MEP Adam Yosef

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Someone's at the Door samba band marches at Birmingham Pride Adam Yosef

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Someone's at the Door samba band march past the Rotunda at Birmingham Pride paradeAdam Yosef

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Birmingham Pride director Lawrence Barton and LGBT human rights activist Peter Tatchell lead the parade Adam Yosef

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L-R: Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton, and Peteter Tatchell lead the Pride parade in BirminghamAdam Yosef

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L-R: Birmingham Pride director Lawrence Barton speaks, standing alongside co-director David Nash, and human rights activist Peter Tatchell Adam Yosef

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Socialist Worker member Claudia Campbell at Birmingham Pride 2013 Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton, and Peter Tatchell lead the Pride Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 Adam Yosef

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Someone at the Door samba band marching past the Rotunda in Birmingham Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 with Rotunda in backgroundAdam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 with Rotunda in backgroundAdam Yosef

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'Say I Do to Equal Love' banner at Birmingham Pride parade Adam Yosef

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Michael Cashman MEP, Lawrence Barton and Peter Tatchell lead Birmingham Pride parade 2013 Adam Yosef

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