London Pride, 2006
Story and Photos ©urban75, 1st July 2006
London hosted the 2006 EuroPride, a huge event considered to be Europe's biggest gay and lesbian cultural festival.
The event ran for two weeks and consisted of exhibitions, films, sporting events, comedy, theatre and music, finishing with a huge parade through central London, along the famous Oxford Street.
On a gloriously hot July afternoon, we were there to capture some of the action - and it was hot!
Front of the march.
A huge rainbow banner was unfurled along Oxford Street.
Twenty-two Royal Navy personnel take their place in the Pride march through central London - the first time they've openly taken part in uniform.
The British government ban on gays serving in the country's armed forces was lifted in 2000 after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the restriction was a violation of human rights.
After that landmark ruling, soldiers and Royal Air Force personnel have been able to march officially in pride parades, but the London march was the a first for the navy.
Gay police association.
LGBT (London Gay, Bi and Transgendered) on the march.
Noisy Socialist Students doing their shouty thing.
One of many, many, many drag queens seen on the day!
GMFA ('the Gay Man's Health Charity') float trundles along Oxford Street.
Wandsworth LGBT Community Network float came complete with its own mobile closet!
Bloke selling £1 whistles.
Not quite sure what's going on here.
Flag flapping bloke giving it maximum swirl action.
Gay Muslim float.
Leftfooters FC gay/lesbian footie team - check out their website
The Food Chain charity float. The charity provides nutrition services including home delivered meals, essential groceries and nutrition advice to men, women and children who are chronically sick as a result of HIV related illness - website
The colourful Tropical Trannies float.
The fabulous Actionettes doing their 60s hip-swinging thing. Actionettes website
Crowds waving from the top of an office block.
Crowds by Oxford Circus.
Actionettes heading down Regent Street.