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Here are the 18 best pictures from the Manchester Pride parade

Here are the 18 best pictures from the Manchester Pride parade

Over 100,000 people lined the streets of Manchester to celebrate Pride today.

In one of the crowning celebrations of the LGBTI community of the season, numerous groups from the northern English city took part in the march.

Sir Ian McKellen, who designed Gay Star News’ limited edition tote bags (‘You Shall Not Pass Anti-Gay Laws!’) that were given out during the day, said it is days like this that make him feel ‘extremely proud’.

‘It’s more than just a celebration,’ he told reporters before the parade began.

‘You can now get married in this England, Wales, Scotland, but not in Northern Ireland who are still holding out for the old ways. While we must celebrate, we must also remember the fight is not over.’

Check out some of our favorite pictures from the parade.

1. First off, grand marshal Sir Ian McKellen kicked off the festivities…

Manchester_Ian_McKellen_Setting_Off
Photo by Joe Morgan

2. And lots of people from different walks of life came to celebrate…

Manchester_Tall_Icons
Photo by Joe Morgan

3. Whether you were from the NHS….

Manchester_NHS
Photo by Joe Morgan

4. Or from the police…

Manchester_Police
Photo by Joe Morgan

5. Or if you were from Wickes…

Manchester_Wickes
Photo by Joe Morgan

6. Or the Co-op…

Manchester_CoOp
Photo by Joe Morgan

7. Or if you had chosen a more divine path…

Manchester_Nuns
Photo by Joe Morgan

8. Everyone was here to have a good time…

Manchester_REM_Drag
Photo by Joe Morgan

9. And fight for what they believe in.

Manchester_Stonewall
Photo by Joe Morgan

10. Some braved hatred to stand up for themselves and be proud…

Manchester_Chrysalis
Photo by Joe Morgan

11. And some just wanted to make their voice heard…

Manchester_Rainbow_Noir
Photo by Joe Morgan

 12. Even those that were more furrier than others…

Manchester_Dog
Photo by Joe Morgan

13. So if you were a boy…

Manchester_Spartan_Rugby
Photo by Joe Morgan

14. A girl or somewhere in between…

Manchester_Girl_Guides
Photo by Joe Morgan

15. A newly out celebrity like rugby player Keegan Hirst…

Manchester_Keegan_Hirst
Photo by Wayne Dhesi

16. Or someone who has been out for awhile like Drag Race winner Sharon Needles…

Manchester_Sharon_Needles
Photo by Joe Morgan

17. Everyone knew that you have to remember where we’ve come from…

Manchester_Alan_Turing
Photo by Joe Morgan

18. And that love is always, ALWAYS stronger than hate.

Manchester_Anti_Gay_Protest
Photo by Joe Morgan