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Pictures: Margate Pride 2017 gets underway

By Eleanor Perkins

"People can love who they want but they should love themselves first and foremost and be proud of it."

That's the message being shared at the second annual Pride parade in Margate today.

The colourful procession began at the Lido at 2pm and will end at Dreamland where there will be a Cockles and Muscles after-party with DJs, drag queens and cabaret acts.

Thousands have lined the streets to watch the parade go by
Thousands have lined the streets to watch the parade go by

The event marks the culmination of a LGBT festival in the town which included art exhibitions, screenings, theatre and parties.

Organiser Dan Chilcott told Kent Online: “The sun’s out, there’s glitter everywhere, it’s just awesome.”

He said the parade has doubled in size since last year and it is full of “D.I.Y. fun” with homemade floats and costumes aplenty.

Families enjoy the event together
Families enjoy the event together
The parade gets underway along the sea front
The parade gets underway along the sea front

He added: “It’s all about love.

“Our message is that people can love who they want but they should love themselves first and foremost and be proud of it.

“Everyone is on their own individual journey but need love and encouragement around them.”

People are dressed up and adorned in glitter
People are dressed up and adorned in glitter
Metro, leading equality and diversity charity, is in attendance
Metro, leading equality and diversity charity, is in attendance

Tomorrow revellers can enjoy a barbecue and outdoor entertainment at the Harbour Arm’s Lighthouse Bar from noon to 5pm.

Hours of effort has gone in to the floats
Hours of effort has gone in to the floats
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