London's Mayor Khan praises LGBT+ Pride celebration

This year's LGBT+ Pride parade in central London honored first providers for response to terror attacks and apartment building fire. AP Photo, Frank Augstein.

London (AP) — London's mayor has called the Pride in London parade the biggest ever and says the celebration provides the "best antidote" to recent tragedies.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan. AP Photo, Matt Dunham.

Sadiq Khan on Saturday told revelers at the gay pride event that the festivities provided welcome relief from recent bouts with terrorism.

The annual parade honored members of the emergency services who were praised for heroic work responding to extremist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

More than 25,000 people took part in the gala parade, with up to 1 million people watching in central London.

Estimates are that over 1 million celebrate LGBT+ Pride in London, UK. AP Photo, Frank Augstein.

The huge crowd included many representing countries where homosexual acts are still criminalized.

As part of the festivities, a rainbow flag is to be projected onto the Houses of Parliament for the first time.

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The Gayly – July 8, 2017 @ 5 p.m.