By Andrew Roberts
Manchester Pride officially kicked off on Friday and the Fringe events are well underway, there was the Family Fun day, Pink Dog Show and the Heather Peace/Bruno Langley gig. Lee Baxter & Jez Dolan’s photography exhibition also opened at The Hub.
Various events are happening this week too; tonight Outdoor Lads have their climbing evening, tonight also sees Fetish Knights beginning at the John Thaw Theatre, Valentino King’s Drag King Workshop is on Tuesday and Die Mommie Die opens on Thursday.
It’s the Big Weekend that I imagine most people are looking forward to. Those who are travelling over have probably started packing their bags, picking their outfits and planning where to go and what to do. Here’s my very own Big Weekend guide…..
• Don’t forget your tickets! If you’ve not got a ticket yet, fear not! They are still available online, on the phone and in person. If you decide to get one over the Big Weekend then the box offices will be very busy. Remember that they are also available from Spar over the weekend.
• There are plenty of wristband exchanges dotted around the perimeter of the Village. My top tip is to get them as early as you can on Friday. The exchanges will be super busy after the Parade on Saturday, but the team work as quickly as possible getting them on wrists.
• Don’t peak too early, yes we’ve all done it and trust me I seem to get too excited too quickly – the last couple of years I’ve tried to work on the mantra of “pace”. The Big Weekend is a marathon and you don’t want to miss any of it. If you want to just go for it, then at least remember where you’re staying.
• Be safe. What else is there to say on this? I’m starting to sound like a parent, but there will be plenty of free safe sex packs in the bars and clubs. Pick one up just in case.
• Don’t forget that there are a few new additions this year including big screens and for the Twitterers there is a Tweetdeck meeting place in Sackville Gardens.
• Speaking of Twitter, the hash tag will be #MCRPride.
• I hope to do a post Pride round up and would love to hear what people thought about it, so if you see me around – do say hello!
• Have an amazing time!
I’m really excited about the Big Weekend, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends and have a laugh but for the first time I’m actually involved with Pride itself as a volunteer. Getting involved has been a great experience and I’ve met some brilliant people and hope to see them after the dust from the weekend has settled.
Thank you to Team Pride for letting me contribute to the blog, it’s been fantastic and more importantly thank you to everyone who’s read them, 'Liked' them, Tweeted them and shared them. xx