A Pride event ‘for the people’ made a colourful return to Southampton this weekend.

Hundreds of people flocked to Palmerston Park for the second annual Party in the Park event.

The city centre park was painted rainbow as members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies attended the jam-packed event.

Organised by People’s Pride Southampton, the two-day event runs until Sunday.

And with an emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility, thousands of people are expected to attend across the weekend.

Daily Echo: Party in the Park run by people's Pride Southampton returns to the city

Taegan Collyer, 29, from People’s Pride said: “Last year we had about 8,000 people, so we are hoping we get more than that this year.

“We are here to offer an alternative Pride event. Most Pride events are very commercialised now, so we are bringing it back to the people.

"This is why it is People’s Pride.

“It’s important that people have a place to go. It’s really important for them to feel welcome, no matter how they identify.

“There’s been a big team of people behind this.

“This is a free event and you do not have to be LGBT to come down – everybody is welcome.”

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The event boasted a range of food stalls, games, bouncy castles, and independent sellers.

A variety of performances were also held on the main stage.

Rachel Harrison from Southampton brought her two young sons to the event.

Daily Echo: Rachel and her two sonsRachel and her two sons (Image: Newsquest)

The 35-year-old said: “We want to support everybody being able to be who they want to be and love who they want to love.

"And we want to support people expressing themselves.

“My son loves to express himself and wear bright, colourful dresses.

“We want to show our support for the community.”

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Friends Annie Farthing, Olly Stride and Magpie were among those enjoying the festivities.

Daily Echo: L-R: Annie Farthing, Magpie and Olly StrideL-R: Annie Farthing, Magpie and Olly Stride (Image: Newsquest)

Magpie, 25, said: “I am here to be with people who are comfortable with each other, and people who will be accepting of others around them.

“I want to enjoy this safe space and for us to show off who we are.”

Retired drag queen and steward at the event, Pascal Debock, 61, added: “At Pride, you can be who you want to be for the day. To be gay is to have freedom.”

Party in the Park continues Sunday from 11am until 5pm.