Manchester Street-art Part 1

Here is an album of street-art I have discovered in central Manchester this month.

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Electric boxes and lampposts are always a great source of sticker art.

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I can’t decide if this is Marv from Frank Millers’ Sin City or The Thing from The fantastic Four.

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A Manchester ‘hipster’.

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I keep on finding this bloke in very obscure places.

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Can any one tell me if this is a particularly iconic Mancunian – I’m not quite recognising?

Manchester Pride Parade 2012

Manchester Pride ran from 17th-27th August with the parade taking place on 25th August. It started at 1.00pm from Deansgate as it does every year. I was the first time I’ve watched the whole parade as last year I just caught the tail end of it disappearing back into the gay village.

I positioned myself in front of a man with a huge appendage (his camera) who was standing on little step ladders. I thought the ladders were a great idea as the crowd was about 3 people deep but I planned to go the pub after and was glad I didn’t have to accessorise with ladders.

Seeing so many groups, businesses and organisations taking part made me realise just how many people not only accept but actively support and are proud of Manchester’s gay community.

It was fantastically flamboyant, tongue in cheek and as camp as a row of tents!

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“I want to break free, from these shoes as there killing me!”

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There’s a joke in there some where

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It was nice to see the Scotts had come all the way down here for Manchester pride. The man in the middle knows how to work  a kilt!

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I’m really glad the crowd applauded the Fire brigade.

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Even the sign isn’t straight.

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Apparently I didn’t register on the Gayger-counter.

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God accepts gay today, so it would seem.

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Alan Turing: An important and iconic figure.

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Salford Youth Service float.

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Now that man knows how to work a leather kilt!

Manchester Caribbean Carnival

I loved the carnival this year as there seemed to be a higher number of dance troupes taking part, more elaborate costumes and a lot of enthusiasm all round. The carnival it’s self (held inside the park) had some great performances on the main stage and very talented singers and MC’s on the youth stage. I always look forward to the fantastic traditional food – washed down with a pint of Red Stripe of course.

This year the Trinidad and Tobago people were celebrating 50 years of independence from the UK which falls on August 31st. The main theme for this years costumes – ironically was The Queen’s jubilee. The second theme was the Olympics but troupes from Moss-side, Whalley Range and Hulme usually design costumes that look like typical flamboyant carnival attire that leaves little to the imagination and allows them freedom to dance!

I positioned myself in front of the main gates of Alexandra Park.  On either side of Alexandra Road a large crowd of people all ages, races and different nationalities linned the street in the sunshine.

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