LONDON - Police were mounting a heavy presence Saturday around London's annual gay pride parade, a day after two car bombs were found in the city center.
Security for the event, which draws tens of thousands of revelers, was reviewed after the discovery Friday of the explosives-packed Mercedes parked just meters (yards) from the parade's finishing point at Trafalgar Square. The event and the bombs — which did not detonate — are not thought to be linked.
Jason Pollock, chief executive of Pride London, said organizers had met with police, "and it was decided that the parade would start as planned at Baker Street" and follow the planned route to Trafalgar Square for a rally and concert.
London Mayor Ken Livingstone said people would be "completely safe to walk about the streets of London" and urged Londoners to carry on with their lives.
"I have promised my family all week that we are all going on the gay pride march. We will all be there," Livingstone told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
For a second year, members of the Royal Navy were being permitted to join the pride parade in uniform. Army soldiers and members of the Royal Air Force also taking part, but were banned from wearing their uniforms.
The British government lifted a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces in 2000 after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the restriction was a violation of human rights.