Bumper crowds show their Pride

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Preston Pride LGBT festival
Robert Howarth

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Preston Pride 2016 was the fifth annual LGBTI celebration of diversity supporting the local community and arguably one of the most successful.

The sport-themed event, which took place in the city’s Flag Market was part of Lancashire Encounter and boasted a host of livewire entertainment for the huge crowds.

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Preston Pride LGBT festival
Miss Preston Pride 2016 Christopher Wren

Photo Neil Cross Preston Pride LGBT festival Miss Preston Pride 2016 Christopher Wren

Hundreds gathered on the flag market to watch acts such as Kelly Wilde, Eva Fox and Sally Hamriding.

Most who attended were sporting their rainbow coloured flags in support of the event and the atmosphere turned up a notch when the Kings and Queens drag parade took to the stage.

A panel of judges picked their winners after the entrants took part in an applauded dance-off competition.

Dawn Vickers, Fabba, Preston Musical Comedy Show Choir and many more also entertained the crowd whose enthusiasm never wavered.

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Preston Pride LGBT festival

Photo Neil Cross Preston Pride LGBT festival

The fun continued well into the afternoon with the rain holding off for most of the day.

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Preston Pride LGBT festival
Olivia Wood, five

Photo Neil Cross Preston Pride LGBT festival Olivia Wood, five

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Preston Pride LGBT festival
Kelly Wilde

Photo Neil Cross Preston Pride LGBT festival Kelly Wilde