Brighton Pride gains biggest-ever attendance

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An estimated 25,000 people gathered for the Pride celebrations in Brighton, England on Saturday as the floats sashayed through the city.

Local police said the event was without any major incidents. There were forty arrests for drugs, theft and public order offenses.

With a musical line-up including 1980s star Alison Moyet and the original Sugbabes members, about 20,000 people gathered in the city’s Preston Park for the live music and other events.

Authorities in the county of Sussex had warned that unauthorized events following the parade would not be permitted.

“This is one of the biggest policing operations we manage, and it could not happen without the support and hard work from all those involved and the thousands of people who travel from far and wide to attend it and help make it an amazing and fun event,” Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison told BBC News.

The forty arrests were for possession of drugs, theft, assault and public disorder offenses.

Assistant chief executive at Brighton and Hove City Council, Paula Murray, praised the ambience at the event, reports BBC News.

“The parade was welcomed by crowds of thousands as it went through the city with waves and cheers,” said Murray.

“The atmosphere up at Preston Park was great—people enjoying themselves with friends and family.”

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