Sir Ian McKellen to lead Manchester Pride Parade

Sir Ian McKellen, star of The Lord of the Rings and X-Men, has been announced as the Grand Marshal at this years Manchester Pride’s Parade. McKellen, who hails from Burnley and is one of the world’s leading LGBT rights campaigners, will follow in the footsteps of last year’s parade leader, Orange is the New Black’s Lea Delaria. Sir Ian McKellen leads the parade “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 fundraising events celebrating LGBT life in Manchester," said Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride. “Sir Ian is a genuine inspiration for the global LGBT community, not only for his status as one of the world’s most acclaimed actors but also for his unwavering dedication to campaigning for LGBT rights.” 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. As Grand Marshal of the parade, Sir Ian will lead the parade through the streets of Manchester on Saturday 29 August. A host of big names including Texas, Union J and DJ Fresh will perform in Manchester during the Big Weekend. They will be joined by Lucy Spraggan, Heather Peace, the Shane Ritchie Band and many more to be announced this month. To find out more about the Manchester Pride you can follow the charity on Twitter or visit the website. More Pride info: To book Exclusive Gay Travel packages visit