Thousands attend first day of Birmingham Pride despite rain

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival began with a carnival procession from Victoria Square to Hurst Street.

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A Birmingham Pride organiser insisted heavy rain had not dampened spirits as thousands attended the start of the two-day event.

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival began with a carnival procession from Victoria Square to Hurst Street.

Celebrations were due to continue until late on Sunday with artists including Gabrielle and Katy B performing.

Organiser Ian Lawrence said the weekend would be amazing "come rain or shine." Organiser Ian Lawrence said the weekend would be amazing "come rain or shine."

Organiser Lawrence Barton said it was amazing "come rain or shine."

"In our festival area we've got a huge main stage area, a dance marquee and a cabaret marquee and they are big enclosed areas," he said.

About 50,000 people are expected to attend across the weekend.

Mr Lawrence said ticket sales were up on last year, when the festival raised £75,000 for charity.

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