World PRIDE - what a palaver. Plagued by lack of funds, incredible disorganisation and bad weather, at the last minute the parade was cancelled and replaced with a march (read: all the floats left out) and held at a later time, while the sound stages in the backstreets were disbanded. It all played out like a Brazilian soap, but with bigger nails and hair. Facing protests and community uproar the head of Pride subsequently issued an apology and stepped down. Citing wrangling with the local authorities it emerged they'd applied for all the wrong licenses, and had run out of money for security, hence why the floats and stages could not take part this year.
The disorganisation and intermittent rain in the morning saw what was meant to be a global event with the usual 1 million strong crowd halved, with many staying home or decamping to the peripheral gay villages of Vauxhall, Shoreditch and Earls Court. The coolness meant an unusual lack of nudity, but out came the feather boas instead. The result - a photographer's dream in central Soho. Instead of streets jammed with crowds and queues there was actual SPACE to turn a lens - the party simply must go on...
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These are pics of the after-parties in the backstreets, didn't make it in time for the march through Central London or the main festivities in Trafalgar Square I'm afraid - but it was a damn lot more fun this side of town.
Even the Queen pops in to say hi