Organisers of the North East’s biggest community Pride event have asked people to stop registering for the march as they have reached the maximum capacity of 250 participants.

Northern Pride said on its website that, following the advice of Newcastle City Council’s Safety Advisory Group and Northumbria Police, who are escorting the parade, they can no longer accept applicants for the parade.

Supporters are asked to line the parade route instead.

As it is the first parade for Northern Pride to include floats, they set a limit of participants so they could monitor how well their safety plan works.

Northern Pride arrives this weekend in Newcastle and kicks off this Saturday with the Pride Breakfast at followed by the Pride parade through the city centre.

The parade will have floats, flags, costumes and banners.

For a chance to relax or take part in fun and games, the Pink Picnic is free and open to all after the parade.

There will be bands, stalls, street performance, sports and a fair.

On Sunday evening, supporters over 16 are welcomed to a comedy night at the Journal Tyne Theatre with special £10 tickets on sale.

The Last Laugh promises four top comedians.

An art exhibition displaying the work of talented LGBT artists is open now until the 20th.

A film night on Wednesday 16th July aims to “explore and highlight queer life in cities around the world especially ones where it is (becoming increasingly) difficult to be homosexual.”

For more details of all events visit the Northern Pride website.