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Party and pride on the rainbow streets of Madrid

Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Madrid for WorldPride parade - a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

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Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the streets of Madrid on Saturday (July 1) for the WorldPride parade – a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

A convoy of more than 50 floats snaked through the Spanish capital, decked out in rainbow flags and banners reading “Whoever you love, Madrid loves you.”

This year security was particularly tight, given the recent terror attacks in Europe. But that didn’t get in the way of some serious partying.

The parade has been held in several cities across the world since it started in 2000.

Beyond the glitz, organisers say it’s a political demonstration. Activists read out a manifesto urging the EU to promote LGBT rights around the world, amid reports of a violent crackdown on gay people in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Germany legalising same-sex marriage on Friday gave revellers at least one good reason to celebrate.