The cast of Coronation Street is to take part in the Manchester Pride Parade as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Manchester Pride patron, Antony Cotton – who plays Corrie favourite Sean Tully in the hit show – will join cast and crew in the parade on Saturday 28 August, which this year has adopted a ‘Through the decades’ theme.

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “Coronation Street is a Mancunian institution with a global following and we’re delighted they’re teaming up with Manchester Pride in this, their 50th anniversary year.

“Through characters like Sean Tully, Hayley Cropper, Todd Grimshaw and, most recently, Sophie Webster, they have helped to raise awareness of the issues facing the LGBT community to millions of loyal viewers.

“The parade is always a highlight of the festival and I look forward to seeing the cast of ‘Corrie’ take to the streets of the city centre in aid of Manchester Pride and all of the good causes that we support.”

Executive Producer of Coronation Street, Kieran Roberts, says: “This is going to be one of the best weekends of the year in the city, and we’re honoured that Manchester Pride has allowed us to head up the country’s most glamorous parade. Prepare for Corrie like you’ve never seen it before”.

With over 100 entries each year, the Manchester Pride Parade is one of the main highlights of the Big Weekend and remains the biggest parade in the city. It celebrates the LGBT community in Greater Manchester and raises awareness of the issues around HIV.

Manchester Pride 2010 takes place from Friday 20 – Monday 30 August. For more information, visit: www.manchesterpride.com. You can also follow the festival on Twitter: @ManchesterPride

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