VIDEO: Gay Pride parade in Leeds

THE rainbow flags were flying high in Leeds as the fourth glittering gay pride parade took the city by storm.

Thousands of people brought a touch of colour, glitz and glamour to Millennium Square which hosted the start of the party.

Former Ordinary Boy Preston and Eurovision's Jade Ewan took centre stage in the square before a 1,000-strong parade snaked through the city centre.

Organisers say this was the biggest and best Leeds Gay Pride yet. Floats included staff from the city's gay bars as well as students, local firms and the emergency services.

Double act Ruby Loren and Mindy Lahor were among the parade.

Ruby, 30, of Otley said: "This is my second Leeds Pride – and it's the best. There's straight people and gay people and it shows the level of acceptance there is. "

Mindy, 25, of Leeds, added: "This is amazing, there's more acts and more venues involved this year. It boosts everyone's confidence. At the end of the day it shows that it doesn't matter if you are a little bit different."

Roads were closed off in the city as the parade took an hour to make its way to Lower Briggate and the Calls where bars put on special live acts and entertainment throughout the evening.

With over 12,000 people flooding the city, the event is one of the biggest of its kind in the north.

One of the organisers Coun Terry Grayshon said:"It's important for Leeds and it brings a lot of people into the city.