The day was very hot for England (over 30C / 86F), but there was a breeze blowing. I met my friends Richard and Sarah (my foreign holiday companions) for lunch at our favourite haunt, Melanie Italian restaurant. After which we sauntered through Soho taking in the vibrant atmosphere and watched some of the parade in Regent Street.
|With Sarah in Soho|
|Pride in Soho|
|The Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street was nail-bombed by an anti-gay lunatic in 1999. Now it thrives with so much local and family support.|
The parade was amazing, involved 30,000 participants and took an incredible 5 hours to pass by any given spot. It's impossible to list all the groups, organisations, companies, etc. that paraded past.
|Parade in Regent Street|
|Parade in Piccadilly Circus|
We had a refreshing pot of tea in a nice cafe in Kingly Court before heading out into the giant street party again.
What an amazing atmosphere: fun, positive, supportive and excited. It is the sort of event London does well. I'm glad I went.