Portsmouth people celebrate its diversity

Portsmouth Labour was out in force at the city’s pride festivities this weekend.

Party members, supporters and friends joined all councillors from the city’s Labour Group for the event which saw the celebrations kicking off in Guildhall Square on Saturday at 12noon.

There was a party atmosphere as a parade involving dancers, music, representatives from local groups and an estimated 4,000 people took to the streets of Portsmouth in recognition of the LGBT community and city’s diversity with a parade to a music festival on Southsea Common.

A tribute to the late Jo Cox MP who was tragically killed earlier this week was made before the parade started as well as a minute’s silence in respect of those who tragically lost there lives in Orlando just over a week ago.

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Cllr Stephen Morgan said:

“This was a fantastic local event. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves. My thanks to Sarah and her team for all their hard work in organising what is becoming a massive event in the city’s calendar.

After the terrible events of the past week we’ve seen our city of Portsmouth united in its celebration of equality, tolerance and diversity. If we lift each other up, we make our city stronger”.

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