On Saturday, the streets of Manchester were lined with thousands of people for the spectacular Manchester Pride parade.
The city was a riot of colour and noise as the rainbow flags stayed high, and around a hundred different floats paraded down Deansgate, through Manchester, and into the Gay Village.
Community groups were joined by hundreds of police officers, firefighters, NHS workers. Dozens of students, church groups, sports teams and city businesses also joined in the celebrations.
John Stewart, Manchester Pride’s chief executive, said: “It’s great to be able to share our celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life with the whole city and recognise the contribution that LGBT people make to the spirit and diversity of Greater Manchester.
“This year’s parade was one of the biggest, with over 100 entries from 99 groups and organisations including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community groups, charities and businesses, trades unions, political parties, public sector organisations and some of the country’s biggest businesses.
The indoor arena was also a huge success with thousands flocking in for the evening high energy dance experience. By day the Lifestyle Expo was popular with thousands of people chatting to organisations and charities such as the Lesbian and gay foundation, Outdoor Lads and Pride Angel.
Erika co-founder of Pride Angel said ‘This year was fantastic in the fact that we had so many more success stories. We had four couples who came up to speak with us to tell us their good news, that they had conceived with a donor through Pride Angel. It is always rewarding for us to hear such exciting news’.