The stars of Coronation Street have yet again turned it out with their impressive float as part of the Manchester Pride parade.
This year, coinciding with the futuristic theme of Pride, the soap’s float featured a bedazzled street with some of the most iconic scenes and actors all dressed up in glitter and glam.
Stars seen on the float include Sally Dyvenor, Faye Brookes, Rob Mallard and Charlie de Melo.
Dan Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew in the soap, said it was ‘important’ to attend events like Pride.
“Corrie has always been a huge supporter of the LGBTQ+ movement,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“Although we are lucky enough to live in the UK, where laws and how people react to the LGBTQ+ community is good, there are still 70-odd countries where people like me are illegal.
“Eight of which still carry the death penalty, so it’s important to show our solidarity.”
Brocklebank, who is gay, said that the party spirit over the four-day weekend was part of the special buzz that Manchester Pride has.
“Obviously, it is a party, it is a carnival of some sort but you can’t ignore the political undertones that the entire event is around.
“When I think back to my first Pride twenty odd years ago, it was a very different event. It’s brilliant to see so many people having a brilliant time now but you can’t ignore the reasons that we’re doing this in the first place.”
Brocklebank added it was important for people to continue to help support the cause.
“We still have a huge amount of homophobic activity going on in the UK, despite the fact that we’re in a very liberal country and so, it’s important to see people come together and support the cause.
“It’s a family event now, you’ve got people from all walks of life, whereas before, twenty years ago, it was very much a political event whereas now I’m pleased to say we can see it more as a party.”
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