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Rainbows descended down Blackpool Promenade this weekend as LGBTQ+ locals and allies paraded through the town.

The huge parade began at the Sandcastle on South Promenade on the morning of Saturday 10th June 20223 before setting out on its journey to St John’s Square.

The theme for this year’s pride parade was Bright, Bold and Beautiful – a theme that attendees did justice.

There was music, dancing and colour as people flew there LGBTQ+ flag high.

The parade was also an opportunity to call for safety and equality for the queer community and there was huge support for the trans community who face continued persecution and precarious safety.

Local groups such as skaters from Blackpool Roller Derby rolled in to show their support and solidarity.

The parade was attended by people of all ages with many young people joining in.

Fittingly for a town with a rich queer history, Blackpool Transport even decked out a heritage tram in rainbows.

With a message of acceptance and inclusivity at its heart but a fun, celebratory atmosphere, the event felt quintessentially Blackpool and as crowds dispersed into the various associated events around the town there was an undeniable sense of pride.

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