Pride London 2019: Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne and Jade march as Denise Welch wears rainbow suit to join ITV stars at the parade

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LITTLE Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock threw their support behind today’s Pride parade in London by joining pal Henry Holland at a special brunch.

The singers donned black tees emblazoned with the message ‘Love who you wanna’ and the Pride rainbow flag as they the designer at Berners Tavern in London.

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Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock threw their support behind today’s Pride parade in London[/caption]

The fun brunch was in aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust which helps homeless LGBT people and those living in hostile environments.

Meanwhile Loose Women star Denise Welch couldn’t be missed in a bright rainbow suit as she celebrated the day with a host of ITV stars including Jane Moore, Bobby Norris and Daniel Brocklebank.

Sam Smith was having a blast with friends as he proudly marched Soho’s bustling streets in a tie-dyed tee.

He wrote on Instagram: “I have truly never felt this proud to be queer. What a day. Thank you #queerbritain @queerbritain.”

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Denise Welch couldn’t be missed in a bright rainbow suit as she celebrated the day with a host of ITV stars including Jane Moore, Bobby Norris and Daniel Brocklebank[/caption]

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The singers donned black tees emblazoned with the message ‘Love who you wanna’ and the Pride rainbow flag as they joined designer Henry Holland at Berners Tavern in London[/caption]

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Sam Smith was having a blast with friends as he proudly marched Soho’s bustling streets in a tie-dyed tee[/caption]

Sir Ian McKellen showed off a bright smile on the parade in a pale suit and pink neck scarf.

This year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York, a turning point in the modern gay rights movement.

At least 30,000 people from 600 groups joined the parade, cheering and waving their rainbow flags.

The parade set off from Portland Place at 12pm, before moving down Oxford Circus, Regent Street.

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Sir Ian McKellen showed off a bright smile on the parade in a pale suit and pink neck scarf[/caption]

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the “heartbreaking” pictures of a bloodied lesbian couple attacked on a night bus showed the importance of Pride as he launched the parade.

Mr Khan said the “huge, huge progress” in gay rights should be celebrated, but added “we must never be complacent”.

This parade is aiming to champion diversity, with the introduction of a new World Area at Golden Square in Soho.

Organisers hoped it will to increase the visibility of black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) LGBT+ people.

Oxford Street covered with a rainbow flag for the opening of the Parade
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Hundreds of officers policed the parade, and Scotland Yard has advised people to stay vigilant while enjoying the day.

The parade began at midday from Portland Place and finished on Whitehall.

Commander Helen Millichap said: “We want Pride to be a friendly and safe event for everyone to enjoy.

“We need the public to help us by taking the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.”

“As with any large event, the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organisers in the lead-up to Pride to develop our policing plan”.

Organisers said as many as 1.5 million people turned out for the event
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Revellers celebrate in the streets of Westminster
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The 2019 Pride in London Parade passes through Piccadilly Circus
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