. Manchester Pride 2010

Very exciting. Got my press pass; got my VIP pass; got my t-shirt & got my camera equipment. Looks like I’m all ready to go!

This weekend is going to be a little bit crazy. Starting today photographing the set up of the site. All of the hard work which goes on behind the scenes. Then the shows starts tonight with Belinda Carslile and Heaven 17.

Tomorrow is parade day. Brace yourselves Manchester… Sir Ian McKellen is going to lead a very loud and colourful entourage through the streets!! This is the 20th year of Manchester Pride and this year sees some very big names join the parade. Not only will Sir Ian be Grand Marshall, but he will be shortly followed by the cast and crew of TV favourite “Coronation Street”. Also new to the parade will be Manchester Airport, who promise a very glamorous float. Fun and events all day long and then Saturday night is dance night with headliners Chicane.

Sunday promises to be a little more relaxed, with Proms in the Park and local acoustic music. The evening sees Kellis on main stage, who I may not see much of as I’m happy to be covering the Women’s Stage event, which will see a plethora of music, comedy and dance hit the stage.

And so to Monday. Still lots of events happening throughout the day. Headlining tonight is the amazingly soulful Beverley Knight before the event is concluded with a Candlelit Vigil in memory of all absent friends.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the event, or volunteering for next year, then visit http://www.manchesterpride.com

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