Celebrating 25 years of Manchester Pride
Thursday 27th August 2015 @ 10:37 by Nigel Skinner
Community Gorton & Openshaw News

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Marking its 25th anniversary, Manchester Pride starts tomorrow with four days of live performances and a variety of events and activities to be enjoyed by tens of thousands of people.

Thousands more will line the streets to cheer on the annual parade as it makes its way through the city centre.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and his deputy Jim Battle will join hundreds of police officers, staff and cadets in the parade – the biggest police participation in any Pride parade in the world.

Tony said: “It’s fitting that, as we celebrate 25 years of Pride, this year’s theme is ‘devotion’, in recognition of the integral place our LGBT community holds in shaping Manchester’s cultural heritage – a city devoted to embracing tolerance, diversity and difference.

“Over the last 25 years Greater Manchester, and society as a whole, has undergone a huge transformation in its attitudes towards the LGBT community, promoting inclusivity. The journey the police and other public bodies have been on, massively changing how they treat LGBT people, sends a message of hope to others around the world that it is possible to stand up to prejudice and hatred and build cohesive communities.

“Manchester Pride is the most successful LGBT festivals in the country and one of the biggest in the world.  I have no doubt it will still be going strong 25 years from now. Pride has become engrained in what it means to be Mancunian, attracting tens of thousands of people each year, from all walks of life.

“It is an amazing achievement, and the event gets more spectacular every year. I’m looking forward to joining the celebrations and taking part in the parade to demonstrate my solidarity and pride.”