THE sun shone down as people partied at this year's Pink Picnic gay festival in Huddersfield.
Revellers basked in the sunshine at Castle Hill yesterday afternoon.
This year was the first time the Pink Picnic was organised by the Halifax-based Brunswick Centre, a sexual health service provider for Calderdale and Kirklees people.
Twelve years ago, when the Pink Picnic started, it was a small gathering. Now, it attracts about 700 people.
Amanda Page, chief officer at the Brunswick Centre, said: "There is not a lot that goes on for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in this area, so this event is very important.
"Hopefully, these kind of events will help people see we are all the same."
The atmosphere was definitely friendly.
Student Lisa Smith, 21, of Fartown, said: "It's a really good event. I had never been before. It's great, because everyone's welcome. It doesn't matter if you are gay or not."
The festivities kicked off with a grand opening parade, featuring a pink Cadillac car. The parade was led by comedy drag queen duo Priscilla and Gina.
The person with the best fancy dress in the parade won £50, given by staff from new Leeds gay night Shiny Disco Balls.
After the opening, visitors toured the tents, which featured free ear acupuncture, reflexology, Indian head massage and henna tattooing. Persian fortune teller Mystic Milad told the future free of charge.
The Brunswick Centre had a sexual health tent, offering expert information.
A market area had crafts, toys and trinkets for sale. There was also something for exhibitionists, the Cream of Yorkshire Karaoke Final and an open karaoke contests.
The winner received £200, given by Huddersfield gay pub The Greyhound.
The Greyhound also ran a beer tent and cabaret bar, alongside the Ice Cube Bar, run by Huddersfield gay pub Chad's.
Chad's gave £200 in prize money for the best presented picnic. There was also a special `champagne and Pimms' marquee.
Children were kept entertained by a balloon modeller, free face painting and disco tunes.