London Pride 2008 (and seeing Ian McKellen)

London Pride 2008

London Pride 2008

When my housemate said, do you want to go to Pride this Saturday I had no idea what he was talking about London Pride. Turned out, he was talking about , the London version of the Sydney Mardigras, similar but not the same.

Pride starts in the morning here, and it felt a little strange to have the sun still up once the floats have disappeared, though it did result in a less than nightmarish trek home.

Pride London is more grass root than the Sydney version I realise, as one of the first group to march were members of the civil services such as police, firemen, army, navy and the like. It was essentially a march, rather than a parade of floats and dancers, surprisingly there was very little nudity overall. Perhaps it is the time of day, but overall it was less rowdy than I would expect.

What I didn’t expect was seeing Ian McKellen almost discretely marching along a group of Heinz protestors. Background story behind it was after making an ad featuring a gay couple, Heinz bowed to public pressure and pulled the ad.

London Pride 2008

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