Thousands celebrate fun-filled Manchester Pride weekend

Manchester Pride
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Thousands flock to Manchester to celebrate the city’s annual pride festival, with 140 floats and over 3,000 participants parading through the streets celebrating Manchester’s LGBT community.

With flags flying and crowds cheering, Saturday saw the peak of the Pride weekend with floats passing through the city manned by high spirited businesses, charities and local communities all raising awareness for the Manchester Pride charity that campaigns for equality, challenges discrimination and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life.

Manchester’s LGBT baking social group, Village Bakers, were crowned Best Walking Entry in the pride parade out of over 30 participants, with 15 of the groups 40 members dressing up as characters from the Manchester based sitcom Dinnerladies.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Tim Lewis said… “We are thrilled to be recognised in this way as it shows our hard work for the parade pays off and we can hopefully gain new members as a result”. – “As the theme of pride was class of 2017 we thought that the Dinnerladies theme would be suited as it was close to baking and Manchester too.”

Taking to the streets Mayor Andy Burnham was seen dancing and singing YMCA alongside officers from Greater Manchester Police, with Coronation Street stars Kym Marsh and Hayley Tamaddon dressed as cheerleaders on a float which paid tribute to Martyn Hett, victim of the Manchester Arena bombing in May.

The four day festival closes this evening with a Candlelit Vigil at Sackville Gardens which remembers those in the LGBT community who have lost their lives, with the “magical and moving atmosphere” a reflection on the challenges that face LGBT communities in Manchester and the rest of the world.