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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
In pictures: Manchester Pride
Flamenco dancers at Manchester Pride
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Manchester Pride brought a dash of colour to the city's streets
Woman in star costume
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Whistles and pounding dance music filled the air as the parade began
Members of the Gay Police Association at Manchester Pride
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Gay and lesbian police officers proudly joined the parade
Man whirling a flag
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Flying the flag with pride: A carnival atmosphere descended on the city
The parade heads down Princess Street, Manchester
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Manchester's streets were thronged with up to 250,000 people
Dancers on the Essential float at Manchester Pride
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Clothes are not always essential at Manchester Pride
Men in foam at Manchester Pride
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Cleanliness is next to Godliness... the big and hairy float has a wash
A man in costume at Manchester Pride
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Free artist's workshops were available to help participants with their costume design


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