Massive crowds take to the streets for the 2022 Pride in London parade after a month of celebrations around the world

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A member of the public dressed as the Queen and the crowd at Pride in London 2022.
A member of the public dressed as the Queen and the crowd at Pride in London 2022.Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London
  • Crowds flocked to London on Saturday to celebrate Pride 2022 and participate in the annual parade.

  • The event marked the 50th anniversary of the first London Pride march on July 1, 1972.

  • London's parade capped off a month of celebrations of LGBTQ communities across the world.

The London Pride March on Saturday was the latest parade to celebrate the LGBTQ community after a month of events across the world.

Crowds gathering at Pride in London 2022: The 50th Anniversary at Trafalgar Square.
Crowds gathering at Pride in London 2022: The 50th Anniversary at Trafalgar Square.Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London

An estimated 30,000 people marched in the parade and 1.5 million people traveled to London for the celebrations, making it the most-booked Pride destination worldwide and on Airbnb, a spokesperson for London Pride told Insider.

Piccadilly Circus during Pride in London 2022 celebrations.
Piccadilly Circus during Pride in London 2022 celebrations.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

"Pride in London returned to the British capital with over 1.5 million people, making it the largest and most-inclusive Pride in British history and movement's 50-year history," Haven Thorn, a spokesperson for Pride in London, told Insider.

This year's parade celebrated 50 years since the first London Pride took place in 1972. Members of the Gay Liberation Font who attended the first Pride, including activist Peter Tatchell, marched again on Saturday.

Gay Liberation Front veterans including Peter Tatchell mark the 50th anniversary of the first UK Pride march.
Gay Liberation Front veterans including Peter Tatchell mark the 50th anniversary of the first UK Pride march.Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images

"From the cast of Netflix's hit TV show 'Heartstopper' and the veterans from the Gay Liberation Front leading the parade — the confluence of old and new — to the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square chanting 'trans rights are human rights'; our collective voice was heard at Downing Street and beyond, to the millions of people on the footprint and thousands on the parade," Thorn added.

Read more: An LGBTQ activist who helped plan the UK's first Pride march reflects 50 years on: 'We were out and proud and demanded our liberation'

The parade began at Hyde Park Corner and continued through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and ended at Whitehall Place.

A general view of the crowds during Pride in London 2022: The 50th Anniversary at Trafalgar Square.
A general view of the crowds during Pride in London 2022: The 50th Anniversary at Trafalgar Square.Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Members and supporters of the LGBTQ community carried a massive rainbow flag through the crowds.

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community carry a huge rainbow flag during the annual Pride Parade.
The crowd carries a huge rainbow flag during the annual Pride Parade.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

The cast of "Heartstopper" surprised the crowds by marching behind the giant flag.

Heartstopper cast pride london
The cast of "Heartstopper" (left-right) Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Tobie Donovan, and Sebastian Croft attend Pride in London 2022Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Others carried rainbow flags and signs advocating for LGBT+ equality within the Commonwealth.

Members of the African Equality Foundation during the 2022 Pride in London parade.
Members of the African Equality Foundation during the 2022 Pride in London parade.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

People from all over the world turned up in costume, including this attendee who dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II.

A member of the public dressed as Queen Elizabeth II.
A member of the public dressed as Queen Elizabeth II.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Another person marched in a colorful costume which consisted of inflatable parrots.

A man covered in inflatable parrots during Pride in London.
A man covered in inflatable parrots during Pride in London.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

One woman was photographed holding a sign that read: "We're Chinese, we're queer, we're not going anywhere."

Women marching with signs during the 2022 Pride in London parade.
Women marching with signs during the 2022 Pride in London parade.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Meanwhile, a Movement For Justice activist held a sign that advocated for immigration rights.

A Movement for Justice activist joins Gay Liberation Front veterans marking the 50th anniversary of the first UK Pride march.
A Movement for Justice activist joins Gay Liberation Front veterans in marking the 50th anniversary of the first UK Pride march.Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images

London Pride saw more than 100 performers on Saturday. The organization worked to ensure stage times for all genders, sexualities, and heritages, a spokesperson told Insider.

Members of the parade wore rainbow colors during the 2022 Pride in London.
Members of the parade wore rainbow colors during the 2022 Pride in London.Hollie Adams/Getty Images

It capped off a month of Pride celebrations that took place across the world. On June 18, supporters and members of the LGBTQ community participated in the Rainbow Pride Walk in South Kolkata, India.

Members and supporters of the LGBTQ community during in the Rainbow Pride Walk in India.
Members and supporters of the LGBTQ community during the Rainbow Pride Walk in India.Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On June 26, participants marched with rainbow flags for the Pride parade in Istanbul, Turkey.

Participants shout slogans of LGBTQ community's march during the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul.
Members and allies of the LGBTQ community march during the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul.Emrah Oprukcu/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On the same day, the NYC Pride march took place.

A pride march with Planned Parenthood at the 2022 Pride March in Manhattan.
A pride march with Planned Parenthood at the 2022 Pride March in Manhattan.Matthew Chayes/Newsday RM via Getty Images

On June 26, thousands of people celebrated Toronto Pride on Church Street. It marked the city's first Pride event since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants at the 2022 Annual Pride Parade of Pride Month in Toronto Downtown.
Participants at the 2022 Annual Pride Parade of Pride Month in Downtown Toronto.Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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