This year’s London Pride parade will return to the city’s shopping hub, it has been announced.

There will be hundreds of events taking place under the banner of this year’s Pride Festival from 15th to 30th June 2007.

Pride will culminate on the last day of June with a parade through the West End of London, followed by a party in Trafalgar Square, a Cabaret Stage in Leicester Square and a women’s stage, food festival, and travel plaza in Soho Square.

Last year, London hosted EuroPride.

Over 600,000 people attended, making it one of the most successful gay events ever.

Organisers are hoping to capitalise on that event to once again celebrate London’s diverse LGBT community with visible and fun events.

The two-week Pride festival will showcase a wide selection of activities including sports, art exhibitions, comedy shows, theatre, music, film, clubs, cabaret, dance and opera.

The parade on June 30th will grace the West End’s Oxford Street and Regent Street, and take in iconic landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Piccadilly, and Houses of Parliament.

Pride London Chair Paul Birrell said:

“The event is about bringing people together in a carnival atmosphere and shows London at it’s very best.

“Oxford Street is known throughout the world as London’s most famous street. In 1972 it was where a few thousand courageous marchers began the Pride movement in Britain just 35 years ago.

“In 2007 it is the right place to celebrate the achievements in the fight for equality, and highlight the persecution and discrimination still faced by the LGBT community around the world.

“Last year we had over half a million Londoners join the celebrations, and this summer we are expecting another record-breaking year.”

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