Manchester Pride 2010 began today with a Fringe festival of comedy, art, theatre and sport.
More than 40 events will be held in 20 venues ahead of the Big Weekend, which starts next Friday.
The Big Weekend will feature acts such as Kelis, Beverly Knight and Belinda Carlisle and includes the annual pride march through the city centre.
Coronation Street cast and crew will mark the soap’s 50th birthday at the parade.
The festival will close on Bank Holiday Monday with a candlelit vigil at Sackville Park.
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