Sir Ian will lead Pride Parade

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

SIR Ian McKellen is to lead out this year’s Manchester Pride Parade next month.

The actor, who grew up in Wigan, will be the Grand Marshal at the popular event on August 29 which champions the rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Sir Ian is a genuine inspiration for the global LGBT community

Mark Fletcher, chief executive of Manchester Pride

As a leading campaigner through the Stonewall movement, the Lord of the Rings star has been an avid supporter of the Manchester Pride event and last led out the parade in 2010.

Pride chief executive Mark Fletcher said: “We’re privileged that Sir Ian will be leading the parade through Manchester City Centre in this milestone year, where we are marking 25 years of charity fund-raising events celebrating LGBT life in Manchester.

“Sir Ian is a genuine inspiration for the global LGBT community.”

The theme for the 2015 Manchester Pride Parade is Devotion, and the charity is calling for parade participants and attendees to celebrate and shout about who and what they are devoted to.

Mark added: “Manchester is a city devoted to embracing and celebrating diversity, especially the LGBT communities that have helped to shape Manchester’s cultural heritage and landscape over the centuries. We want people to celebrate the fact that Manchester is proud of its LGBT history and shares in its future.

“Whoever or whatever you’re devoted to - the Manchester Pride Parade is the perfect platform to show your ‘Devotion’.”

There will be lots of musical entertainment from Atomic Kitten, Union J and Texas and the weekend event is free.