Thousands flocked to Durham this weekend as many packed the streets to celebrate Pride.

Many gathered in Durham City today (May 28) to take part in the annual Durham Pride event celebrating inclusion and diversity.

Many clad in rainbow clothing and waving rainbow flags carried messages of acceptance and tolerance as they revelled in the celebration.

The parade began from Durham Cathedral at 1pm which was open to all free of charge, and was followed by the big show.

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The event, which returned last year after being cancelled due to the pandemic, returned with the same enthusiasm as last year as residents dressed up and turned out in force to show their support in the historic city.

One sign read: “2nd most important commandment: Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Signs showing support for the LGBT community in Russia, as well as messages of acceptance and pride could be seen at the event.

The transformation saw Durham transformed into a party of colour, with live music, a parade and much more.

Speaking before the event, City of Durham MP Mary Foy, said: "I am proud to be a Labour MP – and my party’s record supporting the LGBT+ community is one of the many reasons why.

"From the repeal of Section 28 to the creation of civil partnerships, the Gender Recognition Act or introducing the right for same sex couples to adopt, history shows we have stood with the LGBT+ community.

"But we must continue to defend and advance these rights.

"So, as we celebrate, my message to the LGBT+ community is clear: as long as there are those hostile to you, as long as there are politicians who will fan the flames of intolerance against your hard-earned rights, I will stand with you, Durham will stand with you."

Adding to the colour, those attending formed a sea of colour with rainbow-themed clothes, fans, makeup, stuffed animals, while others taking part donned striking costumes.

As part of the celebrations, the festival saw performances from Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle, Tess Tickle and the Dragettes, Jaymi Hensley, Karen Parry, Northern Proud Voices and many more.

Many could be seen taking part as they marched through Durham’s streets waving flags and showing solidarity.

The festivities saw plenty of food on offer, with bars, market stalls and a funfair open to provide something to do for those of all ages.

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It took place from Saturday, May 27 from 12pm-7pm to Sunday, May 28 from 12pm-7pm.

There will also be an afterparty taking place at the Bohemia nightclub on the Walkergate complex with DJ Ophelia Balls including meet and greets with Gucci Gabore.

This will take place  from 7pm and people have been advised to pay at the door on a “what-you-can-afford” basis.

The event has been raising awareness and improving responses for LGBTQ+ across County Durham for the last decade.