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In pictures: Gay pride on parade

Thousands of people attended the gay pride celebrations

Tens of thousands of people have travelled to Manchester for the bank holiday weekend's gay pride celebrations

The parade was awash with all the colours of the rainbow

The parade was awash with all the colours of the rainbow

One of the many floats representing businesses, public services and community groups

Dozens of floats represented businesses, public services and community groups. This float was for Body Positive North West, the region's oldest HIV/Aids support group, which is currently under threat because of a cut to its funding

Float with a Christmas theme

Christmas arrived early for some participants in the parade

Member of the fire service who took part in the parade

The gay and lesbian members of all of the emergency services, including the fire service, were represented on the parade

Banner representing Manchester Pride

The Manchester Pride parade took a couple of hours to snake through the city centre

Colourful bunting lining the route of the festival parade

The parade is the highlight of Manchester's Pride festival

Some of the floats and participants carried important messages

Some of the floats carried important messages. This display, part of a health trust's float, warned people of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections

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