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Manchester Pride: 7 Feel-Good Moments From The Weekend's Antics

Bee proud 🐝 🌈

28/08/2017 12:01

Manchester Pride celebrated its 25th year in style, with rainbows, glitter and a whole lot of sass.

It is believed almost 3,000 took part in the parade, which is one of the many highlights of one of the largest pride celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community in the UK.

Manchester, which was devastated earlier this year by a terrorist attack, has become a role model city for unity and defiance. 

In the aftermath of the attack, the moving vigil, ‘wonderwall’ of messages and One Manchester concert showed the city as a place of strength and love.

Now, the city has once again shown the rest of us how it’s done, in a all-singing all-dancing celebration at Manchester Pride weekend.

Photos of celebrations were shared to social media using the hashtags #ManchesterPride and #BeeProud hashtag, which uses the city’s bee symbol. 

Here are seven feel-good moments from the weekend’s antics.

1. When Andy Burnham danced to YMCA with Manchester police.

2. When the police then danced to ‘Oops Upside Your Head’.

3. When Google Maps decorated Manchester streets with rainbow hues.

5. When Canal Street got a rainbow makeover.

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6. When these guys stole the show.

7. When people got creative with their glitter.

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...and we mean really creative.

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Happy pride Manchester, bee proud 🐝🌈

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