Prague - The Prague Pride Parade in support of the LGBT community started in the city´s central square this afternoon, headed by a group carrying a carricature of President Vladimir Putin to support homosexuals in Russia and people dancing in customes on decorated mobile platforms.
Thousands of people joined the parade, often with the traditional rainbow flags.
The participants began to gather in the Wenceslas Square this late morning and there were many foreigners and Czechs who arrived from other regions of the country. Some looked like ordinary tourists, except that they held the hand of their partner of the same sex, while others came in colourful costumes.
Before the beginning of the march the police arrested three persons who seemed to want to disturb the march.
Eight other people who wanted to block a bridge over the Vltava River that the parade was crossing were also arrested.
The annual Prague Pride Parade is held for the fourth time today. It is the culmination of a one-week festival of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals.
The parade ends at the Letna park where there will be a music programme and other entertainment.
In 2013, 20,000 people joined the parade. The organisers expected the number of participants to be about the same this year.