Manchester Pride has announced a celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014: Lea DeLaria from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Most recently known for her role as Big Boo in the prison drama, DeLaria said: ‘It’s an honor to be invited to marshal the Manchester Pride parade. I can’t wait to return to Manchester. The girls there are really hot!’
Prior to Orange is the New Glack, DeLaria became the first openly gay comic to perform on television in America in 1993.
She went on to conquer hearts all across the country, from Broadway’s Rocky Horror Picture Show and Will & Grace, to Friends and The First Wives Club.
This month, she joins musical acts Conchita Wurst, Anastacia, Neon Jungle and All Saints as just a few of the big draws for Big Weekend, taking place from 22 to 25 August.
As Grand Marshal of the parade, Lea will ride lead the parade through the streets of Manchester alongside patrons of Manchester Pride from Liverpool Road to the end of Whitworth Street just next to Manchester’s gay village.
For tickets and updates, visit the Manchester Pride website.