Salford Pride basked in the sun and enjoyed a whole lot of love from Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle

Salford Pride marked its 12th anniversary at the weekend
Drag artists shimmered in the sun  Drag artists shimmered in the sun
Drag artists shimmered in the sun

Salford Pride enjoyed its annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Non-binary, plus (LGBT+) pride event ‘The Pink Picnic’ at the weekend - with guests basking in the sunshine and being told by a former Girls Aloud singer that “she loved them all.”

Now the largest grass roots pride event in Greater Manchester, the event took place in partnership with Moxy Hotels, and promised to host live music, dance, and drag performances.

Drag Race’s Black Peppa, queer dance duo NIMMO and TikTok sensation Bailey J Mills all entertained - along with a giant purple Teletubbie. The sun shone, any number of pugs wandered around wearing rainbow coloured harnesses and the VIP tent ran out of wine in what felt like the first five minutes...

Yes, there was drinking. Yes, there was drag. And when headline artist Nadine Coyle took to the stage - there was a whole lot of dancing.

Dressed in a hot pink jacket and belting out a host of hits including smash hit Girls Aloud tune ‘Biology’, her very short and sweet set saw her telling Salford: “I love youse all” in her distinctive Irish accent, bringing the event to its celebratory close.

This year The Pink Picnic celebrated its 12th anniversary. First launched in 2011, The Pink Picnic has grown from a small gathering of people to a nationally recognised pride celebration for the local LGBT+ community of Salford and beyond.

Salford Pride is working to promote awareness, celebrate inclusivity and deliver opportunities for the LGBT+ community in Greater Manchester.

A spokersperson for the event said: “Salford Pride believes that everyone should be welcome to show their support for the LGBT+ community and embrace the spirit of pride.

“The Pink Picnic is a grass root event that personifies the true essence of what pride means and what it originally stood for.”

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