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While East London is gearing up for the Olympics and Buckingham Palace prepares for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Soho is preparing for its own moment in the global spotlight – WorldPride 2012.

Registration for walking groups and floats to take part in the Parade is now open and with communities from around the world entering this year spaces are expected to be filled quickly.  Headline sponsor Smirnoff has already confirmed it will be entering a show-stopping float in this year’s line-up.  The annual call for volunteers to help out in the run-up and throughout the festival is also now open.  Pride London is a charity run entirely by volunteers without whom we couldn’t stage the largest un-ticketed event in Europe.

London has been chosen to host this year’s WorldPride parade which means the celebrations will be bigger, better and prouder than ever.  The LGBT community from across the globe is expected to descend on the city for two weeks from 23rd June – 8th July for a festival of art, culture and campaigning culminating with the Parade through central London on Saturday 7th July. Twitter:  @pridelondon

photo:  Pride London/One Sunny Day