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Pride Parade 2006

Fake Breasts, fake nails, fake eyelashes. This is what you saw as the Pride Procession partied its way down Deansgate. You also saw real emotion, real passion, real people and real pride…

Published on September 1st 2006.


Pride Parade 2006

Fake Breasts, fake nails, fake eyelashes. This is what you saw as the Pride Procession partied its way down Deansgate. You also saw real emotion, real passion, real people and real pride for a city that embraces a culture open to all genders, no matter who they are.

Variously known as the Mardi Gras, Europride and now Pride, last weekend saw the culmination of 10 days of activity centered on The Village, all with an LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) slant, though open to all and with no agenda, other than to raise awareness of LGBT issues and raise funding for the various Pride charities through Operation Fundraiser.

The Pride Parade itself is a light hearted and genuinely warm farce, with over 40 vehicles, open trailers and walking/dancing/partying groups present, including the Pride Queen, representatives from the various emergency and health services, local charities, action groups, sponsors, clubs and shops. There is something for everyone (well almost- see below) with bright colours, loud music, handouts, stunning costumes, stunning bodies and a real fusion of fun and hard hitting messages.

The only fly in the ointment were the 'morality' protesters, highlighting their 'outrage' of Homosexuality through silent protest and banners proclaiming the 'abhorrence' of such individuals in society. Step away from the Pulpit, see what is happening around you in this multi cultural and diversely sexual society and learn to embrace each and every person, no matter their faith, gender or sexuality.

Click here to view a gallery of the event.

But these 'crusaders' were thankfully in the minority, as the streets were lined 3 and 4 deep on both sides of the road all the way to Canal Street from the end of Deansgate. Poor weather did not spoil the event either (it never does) and the rain clouds that threatened, disappeared to be replaced by blue skies and sunshine by the time the tail end hit the Town Hall.

Overall, a fantastic display of Pride from the residents of Manchester and beyond, and a wonderful focal point to put the 10 day long event on the map.

Chris Keller-Jackson
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