Sir Ian McKellen, who recently and very proudly joined the Stonewall Charity‘s Some People Are Gay, Get Over It t-shirt campaign, was on hand in Manchester, England last Saturday to preside as grand marshal of the 20th anniversary of the Manchester Gay Pride Parade … here are a few photos:
Sir Ian McKellen, the Academy Award-nominated star of The Lord of the Rings, served as grand marshal for the Manchester, England, pride parade, which celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday. According to the BBC, thousands of people watched more than 100 groups and floats participate in the parade despite heavy rains. “Starting on Deansgate, the parade travelled up the city’s main shopping street before snaking through St Anne’s Square, past Albert Square and finishing at the Gay Village,” reported the BBC. McKellen led the procession, which is part of the larger pride festival that raises money for Manchester-area LGBT organizations. He rode in a car introducing him as “Serena McKellan.”
I just love Sir Ian. The man lives his life openly, honestly and with the utmost class and grace. He is truly a man that anyone can aspire to emulate. He is also the kind of role model that young gay and lesbian people can look up to. Not only is the man extremely talented but he also looks like a lot of fun to hang out with. Manchester chose well when they approached Sir Ian McKellen as their pride parade grand marshal. Happy Pride!!