Manchester Pride launch event hailed a ‘success’ as they set sights on £1million charity target

By Amy Senior & Charlotte Duncker

The party has started! Manchester Pride’s launch evening is already being hailed as a ‘success’, as they celebrate their 21st birthday in style.

Pride favourite Angie Brown is currently on stage in the Gaydar Main Arena belting out her distinct sixties-soaked pop.

Organisers have high hopes for raising more money than ever before to support those living with HIV. They are desperate to reach the whopping £1million target this year.

It is the only pride festival in the UK that is able to raise this amount of charity funds.

Pride chairman Vicken Couligian said:  “We bring you a pride event like no other.”

And Pride’s director Jackie crozier had equally positive messages.

“We’ve got great support to really champion what is the biggest and best event in the UK.

“I’m very proud of Manchester, Manchester’s gay village and I’m very, very proud of Manchester Pride.”

Councillor Sue Murphy explained that 21 years of Pride makes a big part of Manchester’s history.

She said: “Manchester pride is a symbol for all that is great about Manchester: diversity, pride, community and celebration.”

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