THOUSANDS of people took to the streets of Winchester to celebrate Hampshire Pride.

With a march through the city and speeches from leaders of the county, the roads, shops and parks were all filled with colour to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Starting at the Winchester School of Art, the parade finished at the Hampshire County Council buildings, with council leader Roy Perry and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, welcoming the droves of people.

Co-organiser, Sarah Collins, said the day, which was Hampshire’s fourth pride event, was ‘phenomenal’.

Sarah, 33, said: “It’s getting bigger and better every year. I was so thrilled to see all of these wonderful people turn out for the day.

“Yes the message is clear, it’s about spreading the love and message of equality far and wide.

“All of these people deserve to be celebrated and that’s what days like today do.”

Crime commissioner Michael Lane said he and councillor Perry shared the vision of equality.

Speaking to the crowds, he said: “The energy you all bring here in fantastic.

“I was further back during the parade and thought you were brilliant, but I still heard you coming at the council offices!

“Standing here with the leader of the county council, we share this vision of love and equality.”

Following the afternoon parade, revellers flocked to Winchester University’s student union for the after party for an evening of celebrations, entertainment and fancy dress.

Council leader Roy Perry added: “What a fantastic sight and we are all more than happy to welcome you to Hampshire County Council.

“I think this is the greatest event that has been put together yet, full of colour and celebration.”