Manchester LGBT Pride parade draws thousandsOnline Only, This Week, Around the World Monday, August 27th, 2012
MANCHESTER, England – Thousands lined the streets of Manchester’s city center to watch one of the U.K.’s largest LGBT Pride parades, this past weekend.
Locals and visitors alike defied the forecasted rain to turn out in their thousands to support this year’s Manchester Pride parade, featuring more than 100 participating companies, individuals, sponsors, and local lifestyle, political and professional organizations.
Many of the entrants, announced by Peter Dickson ( the voice behind popular U.K. television’s The X Factor TV show), were inspired by this year’s theme of Queer’d Science and the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, the mathematician and founding father of modern cognitive science who was persecuted for his homosexuality.
Manchester Pride chief executive, John Stewart said, “It was great to have Peter Dickson in this year’s parade, which was an overwhelming success and a credit to the local LGBT community and its supporters. There were some brilliant entries taking inspiration from this year’s theme of Queer’d Science, and I’m relieved that the rain held off long enough for all the participants and spectators to enjoy the jubilant atmosphere.”
Manchester Pride’s big weekend continues through today in the Gay Village, with acts including Alison Moyet, Amelia Lily, Bjorn Again and Toyah performing.
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