SLIDESHOW: Sunderland Pride

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SUNDERLAND was splashed in a rainbow of colour as the annual Pride festival took over the city centre.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Sunderland was once again visited by those keen to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life.

Caberet drag act Miss Trixie who will be performing at this years Pride Festival and helped to orgainse Sunderland's Gay Night.

Caberet drag act Miss Trixie who will be performing at this years Pride Festival and helped to orgainse Sunderland's Gay Night.

Colourful floats and fancy dress wearers set off from the Civic Centre on Sunday as they started their parade of the city.

Roweena Russell, of Pride Radio, said: “It’s been fantastic. A really, really good day.

“There has been loads of engagement and a big diversity of people turning up, which is great.

“It’s been a great response by the public today as we walked through the city centre on the parade.

“There have also been some great acts on the stage.”

Roweena added that it was good to see the Pride event growing on Wearside year-on-year.

“It’s much bigger this year as you can see,” she said.