Pride London is an LGBT festival and parade held each summer in London. Being one of the most massive events in UK's capital, it attracts about one million visitors to London. The pride parade is the only event that closes down famous Oxford Street. Held in early July, it features over 300 groups and hundreds of floats going from Portland Place station to Trafalgar Square. The parade ends with the festival, music, and theatre performances. Many other Pride parties are happening all over London on the same day. Pride London altogether features more than 60 events.
The first Pride weekend in London took place in 1972 with 2,000 people attending. In 1996 the parade was renamed "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride" and has become the largest free festival in Europe. Boris Johnson, former London's mayor, has been a vocal supporter of Pride in London. The event features 30,000 people from almost 500 LGBT groups. The most popular viewing spots are from Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.