Pink toast launches Pride 5 Festival in Norwich
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
With a big cheer and confetti being thrown over the happy couple, the festivities for this year's Norwich Pride kicked-off with a pink toast celebrating equal rights for same-sex partners wanting to marry.
'Get hitched with Pride - a celebration of Equal Love' was the opening event of the Pride 5 Festival, a five-day celebration leading up to Norwich Pride on Saturday.
Pink toastmaster John Driscoll did the honours of the toast at The Forum this morning with a big bottle of bubbly from the bar Number 12.
Drag queen Krystal De-Kanta - who will co-present the Pride Show outside the Forum on Saturday - was the blushing bride while Rachel Nobes - also known as Arkyfox from East Furries - donned top hat and tails.
As well as launching Pride 5 the toast also highlighted the government's new legislation allowing same-sex couples to get married in England and Wales that received Royal Assent earlier this month.
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It is expected that the first gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies will take place by summer next year.
Krystal De-Kanta said: 'It's brilliant. The Marriage Bill getting royal assent is absolutely fantastic and it's great it has happened near the time of Norwich Pride.'
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Among the organisations at the Pride 5 launch was the Octagon Chapel, based at Colegate, which plans to apply for a license to hold same-sex weddings and yesterday had a wedding photographer there to take photos of happy couples.
The Pride House, an installation of art and photography celebrating five years of Norwich Pride, was also unveiled at the launch.
'We are going to have the biggest and best Norwich Pride ever,' said Norwich Pride 2013 chairman Mike Stonard, adding that Norwich Castle and places across the city were flying the rainbow flag for the occasion.
'Come and join in, join the party and have a great Pride.'
• The fifth Norwich Pride is set to take place on Saturday and the five-day festival Pride 5 runs until Friday with events at the Forum each day.
• For more details about Norwich Pride 2013 events visit www.norwichpride.org.uk