(Blogmensgo, gay blog of August 30, 2016) Manchester Pride celebrated its 30st birthday on August 27, 2016, and like in previous years, many stars participated in the parade. No less than nine stars of the British TV series Coronation Street participated in the parade, including the pub Rovers Return, which became famous through the TV soap opera. Corrie, as the soap is called by its fans, plays in Manchester and has been broadcast for years in many English-speaking countries. It has been on air since December 1960 without interruption and has become the archetype for similar shows by other TV stations around the world.
The Corrie float showed gay actor Daniel Brocklebank and his colleagues Anthony Cotton, Mikey North, Rhea Bailey, Faye Brookes, Sair Khan, Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn who are very well know all over the UK because of the show.
Actors and actresses from Corrie have participated in Manchester Pride for years.
They were all wearing unusual costumes in line with the fairytale theme Once Upon a Time – a true feast for the eyes.
Just like the parade in Montreal (Fierté Montréal Pride 2016, see our article), the parade was led by a politician: Carl Austin Behan, the openly gay mayor of Manchester.
Even the local police (Greater Manchester Police) made a contribution. Without arrests or manhunts, they offered a great show: Two policemen, tightly embraced and French-kissing, as a reference to the famous painting Kissing Coppers by street artist Banksys.
The parade on August 27 was the culmination of four days of Pride festivities and also included a commemoration of the victims of the shootings in Orlando.