Manchester Pride: Thousands line the streets for parade

Performers in Manchester Pride
Image caption Flamboyant performers take part in the Manchester Pride parade

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Manchester for the annual Pride parade.

The four-day festival celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Organisers said this year's theme was Once Upon A Time and hoped to turn Manchester's streets into a fairytale.

The procession of about 100 vibrant floats started on Liverpool Road at 13:00 BST and finished next to Manchester's Gay Village.

Image copyright GMP Pride
Image caption GMP officers show off their specially designed pride hats
Image caption About 100 floats took part in the event

Coronation Street actors Kym Marsh and Anthony Cotton were among the stars on the soap's float this year.

Emergency services were out in force showing their support for the parade with Greater Manchester Police sporting specially-designed hats.

Many people used social media to say what a good time they had been having at the parade.

Abigail Taylor tweeted: "Had an amazing time at #ManchesterPride and I can't wait for next year!!!!"

Chelsey Willis wrote: "So so so happy to have experienced Manchester Pride and to have been there when my uncle got engaged 💜💛💙💚❤️"

And Joe Mac tweeted a photo of police officers at the parade and wrote: "Amazing atmosphere @ManchesterPride earlier. Doubly proud marching with the boys and girls in blue!"

'That was amazing'

Image caption Thousands lined the streets to watch the procession

Some of the emergency services also used Twitter to say they had enjoyed the event.

North West Ambulance Service tweeted it had "rainbow flags flying high" at the event while Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: "Thanks for an amazing parade! See you next year!"

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: "Well that was amazing thanks to everyone who supported us at #ManchesterPride! Remember we fight fires and prejudice with #cheshirefirepride

Angela Rayner MP for Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth tweeted she had a "wonderful day" along with her colleagues from Labour's LGBT.

The parade headed through Deansgate after departing from Liverpool Road, then Peter Street, Oxford Street, Portland Street and Princess Street.

The procession then turned on to Whitworth Street ending up on Fairfield Street.

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