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In pictures: Gay Pride march

Two men in oversized blonde princess wigs

Costumed revellers and colourful floats wended through London's streets on Saturday to celebrate Pride, the UK's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender festival. The theme was fairy tales, myths and legends.

Boris Johnson in pink stetson

London Mayor Boris Johnson led the parade - he has in the past been accused of making anti-gay remarks.

Rainbow flag

A large rainbow flag was carried by the crowd as they paraded along Regent Street.

Sir Ian, left, and a friend in drag

Among the celebrities to turn out for the event was Sir Ian McKellen, left, of Lord of the Rings fame. He has also played Widow Twanky in pantomime season.

Man in elaborate green and gold hat

Some outfits were playful, such as this man's homemade hat of tulle and plastic cups...

Man with poster reading 'Allah loves us all'

... while others, such as this Muslim participant, had a more serious message of acceptance.

Military personnel on the march

And there were uniforms aplenty, from the genuine...

Man in white sailor outfit with lace umbrella

... to more whimsical takes on sailor chic.

Off-duty officer wears T-shirt with slogan 'Policing with Pride'

Off-duty gay and lesbian police officers joined the march, marshalled by uniformed colleagues.

Top hat, tails, fishnets, brolley

Numbers were forecast to reach 500,000, organisers said. Although the sun shone for much of the day, an outfit accessorised with an umbrella was always going to be a smart move.

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