Thousands participate in gay pride parades across Europe

Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Peaceful parades took place in the capitals of Italy, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, England and Greece.

In Warsaw, several thousand marched for the annual “Equality Parade” to protest discrimination not just against LGBT people but also women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. (AFP)

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<p>A girl smiles under a large rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, June 9, 2018. People taking part in the gay pride parade in the Romanian capital demanded more rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP) </p>
Bucharest, Romania

A girl smiles under a large rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, June 9, 2018. People taking part in the gay pride parade in the Romanian capital demanded more rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP)

<p>A reveller poses in front of the Coliseum during the Gay Pride Parade in Rome on June 9, 2018. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Rome, Italy

A reveller poses in front of the Coliseum during the Gay Pride Parade in Rome on June 9, 2018. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People attend the York Pride parade on June 9, 2018 in York, England. The parade made its way through the streets of the city center before reaching the Knavesmire area of the city where live music entertained the crowds. York Pride aims to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues both in the UK and abroad and seeks to promote equality and eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. (Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images) </p>
York, England

People attend the York Pride parade on June 9, 2018 in York, England. The parade made its way through the streets of the city center before reaching the Knavesmire area of the city where live music entertained the crowds. York Pride aims to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues both in the UK and abroad and seeks to promote equality and eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. (Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

<p>People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, in Rome, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP) </p>
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People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, in Rome, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP)

<p>Protesters take part in the Baltic gay pride parade in Riga, Latvia on June 9, 2018. LGBT groups from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania gather for the Baltic Pride parade 2018. (Photo: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
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Protesters take part in the Baltic gay pride parade in Riga, Latvia on June 9, 2018. LGBT groups from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania gather for the Baltic Pride parade 2018. (Photo: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Revellers take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Rome, Italy, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters) </p>
Rome, Italy

Revellers take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Rome, Italy, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

<p>A family sit on the side of the road watching the York Pride parade on June 9, 2018 in York, England. The parade made its way through the streets of the city centre before reaching the Knavesmire area of the city where live entertainment was performed for the crowds. (Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images) </p>
York, England

A family sit on the side of the road watching the York Pride parade on June 9, 2018 in York, England. The parade made its way through the streets of the city centre before reaching the Knavesmire area of the city where live entertainment was performed for the crowds. (Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

<p>A participant looks through balloons during the 11th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Sofia on June 9, 2018, as gays, lesbians and transsexuals march through Bulgarian capital to protest against discrimination against homosexuals and improve their integration in the society. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Sofia, Bulgaria

A participant looks through balloons during the 11th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Sofia on June 9, 2018, as gays, lesbians and transsexuals march through Bulgarian capital to protest against discrimination against homosexuals and improve their integration in the society. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Revellers pose in front of the Coliseum during the Gay Pride Parade in Rome on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Rome, Italy

Revellers pose in front of the Coliseum during the Gay Pride Parade in Rome on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Participants attend the 17th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Zagreb, Croatia

Participants attend the 17th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Participants, one holding a banner that reads “Did I vote on your marriage?” react, during a gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, June 9, 2018. People taking part in the gay pride parade in the Romanian capital demanded more rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP) </p>
Bucharest, Romania

Participants, one holding a banner that reads “Did I vote on your marriage?” react, during a gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, June 9, 2018. People taking part in the gay pride parade in the Romanian capital demanded more rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP)

<p>Equality Parade (Parada Rownosci) in Warsaw on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

Equality Parade (Parada Rownosci) in Warsaw on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Participants attend the 17th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Zagreb, Croatia

Participants attend the 17th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Revellers take part at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Rome on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Rome, Italy

Revellers take part at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Rome on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People take part in the annual gay pride parade in downtown Rome on June 9, 2018. Thousands of people paraded noisily on floats through the historic streets of Rome to celebrate Gay Pride. (Photo: Jacopo Landi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Rome, Italy

People take part in the annual gay pride parade in downtown Rome on June 9, 2018. Thousands of people paraded noisily on floats through the historic streets of Rome to celebrate Gay Pride. (Photo: Jacopo Landi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Transexual man during Equality Parade (Parada Rownosci) in Warsaw on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

Transexual man during Equality Parade (Parada Rownosci) in Warsaw on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>People participate in the 2018 Pirkanmaa Pride Parade, organized by the Finnish LGBTI rights organization Seta, in the city of Tampere, Finland on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Tiago Mazza Chiaravalloti/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Tampere, Finland

People participate in the 2018 Pirkanmaa Pride Parade, organized by the Finnish LGBTI rights organization Seta, in the city of Tampere, Finland on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Tiago Mazza Chiaravalloti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>People dressed in drag, take part in the annual gay pride parade in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 9, 2018. The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is only motivating them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hopes of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no chance now in the country. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

People dressed in drag, take part in the annual gay pride parade in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 9, 2018. The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is only motivating them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hopes of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no chance now in the country. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>Revellers take part in the annual Sofia Pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) </p>
Sofia, Bulgaria

Revellers take part in the annual Sofia Pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

<p>A participant is pictured at a Gay Pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. (Photo: Costas Baltas/Reuters) </p>
Athens, Greece

A participant is pictured at a Gay Pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. (Photo: Costas Baltas/Reuters)

<p>People take part in a Gay Pride parade in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 9, 2018. The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is only motivating them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hopes of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no chance now in the country. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

People take part in a Gay Pride parade in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 9, 2018. The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is only motivating them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hopes of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no chance now in the country. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>A couple kisses during the 11th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Sofia on June 9, 2018, as gays, lesbians and transsexuals march through Bulgarian capital to protest against discrimination against homosexuals and improve their integration in the society. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Sofia, Bulgaria

A couple kisses during the 11th Gay Pride Parade in downtown Sofia on June 9, 2018, as gays, lesbians and transsexuals march through Bulgarian capital to protest against discrimination against homosexuals and improve their integration in the society. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A reveller takes part in the Gay Pride Parade in Rome, Italy, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters) </p>
Rome, Italy

A reveller takes part in the Gay Pride Parade in Rome, Italy, June 9, 2018. (Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

<p>A huge rainbow flag is seen in front of the greek parliament in Athens during the annual Gay Pride Parade on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Athens, Greece

A huge rainbow flag is seen in front of the greek parliament in Athens during the annual Gay Pride Parade on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People take part in the annual gay pride parade in downtown Rome on June 9, 2018. Thousands of people paraded noisily on floats through the historic streets of Rome to celebrate Gay Pride. (Photo: Jacopo Landi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Rome, Italy

People take part in the annual gay pride parade in downtown Rome on June 9, 2018. Thousands of people paraded noisily on floats through the historic streets of Rome to celebrate Gay Pride. (Photo: Jacopo Landi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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