FOR the fourth year in a row, Manchester Met staff and students took part in the Manchester Pride parade to celebrate diversity and show support for the LGBT community.
Every August bank holiday weekend tens of thousands of people visit Manchester’s world famous Gay Village in a vibrant display of solidarity and celebration. Manchester Pride, a registered charity, campaigns for equality and challenges discrimination; creates opportunity for engagement and participation; and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life in the UK.
There were many events during the four days of festivities, including live music from Groove Armada, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, MNEK and Will Young, and culminating with a moving candlelit vigil in memory of those lost to the HIV virus.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the iconic parade. The parade was held on Saturday, August 27, starting at Liverpool Road and finishing next to Manchester Gay village. This year’s theme was ‘Once upon a time’, and the tens of thousands of spectators were able to enjoy more than a hundred brightly decorated fairytale floats and many flamboyant walkers on the streets of Manchester city centre.
Andy Harmon, Campaigns Officer of Manchester Met LGBT Society, who organised this year’s entry said: “The float reflects this [year’s] theme as well as looking at the advances of not only LGBT+ people but people of colour, women and people with disabilities.
“Student groups such as Manchester Students Against Racism, the feminist society and the student union officers have all worked with the LGBT Society on this project making it a massive student effort in representing the university. The student community at Manchester Met is very proudly diverse and it’s great to see that diversity celebrated at Manchester Pride!”