Yesterday was a big day for Manchester. The annual Pride event, which so many people spend so much time and effort to entertain, make statements and promote essential local support groups. Whatever the cause or reason the day is one which celebrates diversity and love.
Two people who joined us and enjoyed the event were friends Pauline and Neil (nb ‘Waterlily’) who travelled into the city from their home for their first Pride event.
Doug managed a few moments with Christopher “ Biggins”, who lead the parade through the city, under the wonderful sunshine which graced the day for all of us.
The Police Service entry is always given a rousing reception.
‘easyJet’, who have sponsored this year’s event, and who have joined in very visibly with a number of attractions this weekend, gave everyone something else very visible and lovely to look at in the parade!
The Manchester LGBT Corus.
A number a faith groups always take part and show their support.
Two people who seem to be thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere (and all the freebies – pink hats, flags, sweatbands, whistles, ponchos, ice lollies, woolly hats, the list goes on!)
Love in leather ……..
…… and even angels hold hands with little devils and demons! (far left)
Who’s that guy in the pink fireman’s hat?
The Fire Brigade sporting one of their new min fire engines.
A local water polo team.
Most of these shots show groups or individual entries but there were some very well turned out floats as well.
Size reversal – mini engine / giant extinguisher.
After the parade the world and his brother “retired” to the Gay Village for some refreshment. Astonishingly, we caught up with a few people that we’d met briefly in the past - a couple of girls who boarded a plane with us at Gatwick in February!………
…….. and Dean and his partner who we met at a caravan event three years ago! It’s a small world and it’s out there to be enjoyed!
One of those marvellous occasions when it’s so crowded that you can’t see your feet.
Even the Queen turned out for us!
Well we had a great, great day. After the parade we met up with Pauline and Neil’s daughter Vicky and a wonderful group of her very clever and talented friends, having a drink and bite to eat with them before going back to ‘Chance’ for forty winks. After that it was down to the village for a great night out which resulted in one of those 4 am finishes!