TENS OF thousands of people flocked to Hyde Park in London last Saturday as part of the annual lesbian and gay Pride event. The march from the Embankment grew and grew as people joined in along the route. It followed the path taken by the great stop the war marches, and many people on the Pride demonstration took leaflets for September's march against the occupation.
There was a carnival atmosphere but also a feeling that the government is more than dragging its feet about serious moves towards legal equality. In a welcome sign, there were banners representing nine national unions on the march.
Those marching included members of the Fire Brigades Union. It was in sharp contrast to the corporate sponsorship that, for many, marred the festival in Hyde Park, which it cost £26 to get into.