Thousands at Brighton Pride party at Preston Park

  • 4 August 2013
  • From the section Sussex
Paloma Faith
Image caption Paloma Faith was part of the Brighton Pride line-up at Preston Park

Thousands of people lined the route of the Brighton Pride parade on Saturday as the floats made their way through the city.

More than 60 community groups were represented in the floats in the parade which also included figures of David Beckham and Lady Gaga.

About 20,000 people gathered in Preston Park for live music and other events.

Police said the event had passed off peacefully. There were 20 arrests for drugs, theft and public order offences.

The line-up in Preston Park included Alison Moyet and Paloma Faith.

The atmosphere in the park was described as "fun, hot and busy" by one reveller.

Sussex Police had warned that unauthorised events following the parade would not be permitted.

Ch Supt Paul Morrison said: "This is one of the biggest policing operations we manage, and it could not happen without the support and hard work from all those involved and the thousands of people who travel from far and wide to attend it and help make it an amazing and fun event.

"Officers have made a number of arrests today, which is expected at such a large event."

The 20 arrests were for possession of drugs, theft, ABH and public disorder offences.

Paula Murray, assistant chief executive at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "The parade was welcomed by crowds of thousands as it went through the city with waves and cheers.

"The atmosphere up at Preston Park was great - people enjoying themselves with friends and family."

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