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Wednesday 21 March 2012

Photographs expose the marketing hype behind the 2012 Manchester Irish Festival Parade

As Manchester City Council cuts services and grants to various events, it’s essential that the public is able to have an honest debate about what should be funded.

Corporation StreetThe organisers and City Council exaggerate crowd numbers for this parade enormously, probably by a factor of ten, while the media fail to scrutinise and report accurately.

The photographs below show the true level of attendance at the 2012 Manchester Irish Festival Parade as it passed through the city centre on 11 March.

On the event’s website, the organisers claimed: “100,000 people are expected to flock to the city centre and line the three mile route” and that this was “one of Europe’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parades.”

Since the parade, they’ve continued. Claiming that: “Organisers said an estimated 12,000 were packed into Albert Square alone — with more than 100,000 lining the full parade route.” See below for more analysis of these figures.

I was first alerted to this last year by a fellow photographer who had gone along and afterwards expressed amazement at the low turn out as compared to the hype. So the small crowds this year aren’t anything new…
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Filed under: Manchester,Politics,The media — GS @ 6:56 pm
Thursday 2 September 2010

Manchester Pride parade 2010 (video)

The first part of last Saturday’s Manchester Pride parade.

Drag queen Hilda Ogden on the Coronation Street float at Manchester Pride 2010

I’ll put up the rest when I have time. Editing and encoding long clips takes ages! (more…)


Filed under: Fun,Gay,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 5:00 pm
Monday 31 August 2009

Manchester Pride 2009: Queer Youth Network & Pride Is A Protest (video)

Queer Youth Network and Pride Is A Protest in the Manchester Pride parade on Saturday. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 4:08 pm
Saturday 29 August 2009

Andrew Stokes at Manchester Pride 2009

Imagine the scene… You’re the Chair of Manchester Pride. It’s one of your busiest days of the year — the Saturday Pride parade — and the entrants are getting ready to move off. Usually you eat healthy stuff but you think, just this once, you’ll sneak into the nearby takeaway and have nasty pie and chips.

Who is the last person you want to bump into, holding a camera, on your way out? (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 7:15 pm
Sunday 18 January 2009

Liverpool’s Homotopia festival and Police misled into publishing false Manchester Pride parade figure

Last summer, Trading Standards told the organisers of Manchester Pride to cease publishing material that claimed crowd figures of 200,000 or 250,000 people at the Saturday Pride parade. (more…)


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:59 pm
Sunday 3 February 2008

Shopping victims

I was looking through my high-definition video footage of the 2007 Manchester Pride parade and found this frame which seems to sums up much of what is wrong with our community today.

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Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:41 am
Saturday 25 August 2007

Pink tank at Manchester Pride 2007 (video)

Watch the video here.

A pink tank featured in the 2007 Manchester Pride parade. Later I saw it speeding down Oxford Road, still with trans girls on-board, and pulling up at the traffic lights. Which was even funnier.


Filed under: Fun,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 11:50 pm
 
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