Brightly-dressed revellers helped transform Chesterfield’s first Gay Pride Celebration at Queen’s Park into a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours.
The inaugural event between midday and 6pm, on Sunday, attracted hundreds of people despite the rain as they lifted the day with their brightly-coloured outfits and high spirits.
Event Committee Chairman Dan Walker said: “This sort of event is long overdue for a town of this size.
“We believe strongly in diversity, equality and acceptance of all sections of society.
“We are hoping this event goes some way to highlighting the need for this.”
Mr Walker explained that the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community has been wanting to put this event on for a while and it was determined to make it the best pride event possible.
Pride celebrations have become a permanent feature in other towns and cities social calendars.
Organisers stressed the event was a celebration of diversity for everyone in Chesterfield and the region to celebrate and a chance to highlight the fight for equality.
Local, national and international acts put on performances throughout the day and there were other activities including balloon modelling, face painting and refreshments.
Mr Walker added that the event was a giant step forward for the GLBT community and was something to benefit the whole town.