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Watch back: Paris Gay Pride 2019 takes place in the French capital

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Participants kiss as they take part in the first Gay Pride parade in Skopje.
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This year's Gay Pride march, or LGBT Pride March, kicked off at 2 pm CEST in Paris on Saturday.

The 5.5km march saw participants convene at Montparnasse and head in the direction of République.

Around half a million people take part in the annual event each year in the French capital, which aims to combat homophobia and encourage those who fall under the LGBT umbrella to take pride in their sexuality.

You can watch the event back in the above video player.

Elsewhere in Europe, Pride events were held in Dublin, Milan, Helsinki, Barcelona, Madrid, London, Manchester, Geneva, among others.

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People take part in the first Gay Pride parade in Skopje, North MacedoniaREUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

North Macedonia held its first Pride march in the capital Skopje, in a test of the conservative Balkan country's record on respecting minority rights as it seeks to join the European Union.

North Macedonia is among the last countries in the region to hold a Pride event.

Several hundred participants marched through central Skopje, dancing and waving a long, rainbow flag. The event was also attended by state officials and diplomats.

Many pride events are held during the month of June as it was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

Here's a selection of some photographs from Pride events around the world.

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Supporters and members of the LGBTQ community participate in the Metro Manila Pride parade amidst the rain in Marikina City, Philippines, June 29, 2019.REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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Participants hold up placards while taking part in a Gay Pride parade to mark pride month in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 29, 2019.REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins supporters of Toronto's LGBTQ community in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 23REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade along the Central Avenue, in San Jose, Costa Rica June 23, 2019.REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate
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Revellers participate in the Gay Pride parade along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 23, 2019.REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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