The X Factor Winner Alexandra Burke celebrating Brighton & Hove pride 20th anniversary with street parade (DETAIL)

Brighton's pride festival is one of the biggest in the UK. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Brighton to mark the 20th anniversary of its pride celebrations.

The seaside city rocked to pulsating rhythms as a parade kicked off one of the biggest festivals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture in the UK.

The entrants in the parade, based on the theme "united colours of pride", included businesses, charities and members of the emergency services.

Revellers turned out in various stages of undress, and included a man dressed as the Queen to mark her diamond jubilee year.

Jason Simons, 42, from London, who wore a pair of stacked heels and skimpy shorts, said: "Pride in Brighton always puts on a good show.

"Everyone gets into the spirit of it, and it has got something for everyone."

A ticketed event at the city's Preston park featuring local DJ Fatboy Slim, the Freemasons and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke was set to follow the parade.

Trevor Edwards, director of Pride Brighton & Hove, described the event as the "highlight in the city's cultural calendar for LGBT residents, friends and visitors alike".

Ahead of the celebrations, Ch Supt Graham Bartlett of Sussex police, said: "Pride is a great showcase for the city and is one of the biggest events in the city's calendar, primarily celebrating our LGBT community, but is open to everyone to enjoy."

This year's pride festival may never have happened. Debts of more than £180,000 owed to companies and charities plunged the future of the event into doubt.

But business leaders formed a community interest company in a bid to keep it going, with a pledge that £1 of every ticket sold will be distributed to LGBT charitable causes.

The event, which first started in 1992, aims to raise at least £35,000 for the causes this year.


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