Bolton Pride has ended on a high after three colourful days of celebrations and entertainment.

This year was even bigger than last year, covering a wider area, and having even more stalls to choose from including BBQ street food and Thai cuisine.

From drag queens to tribute acts to dancers, performers wowed the crowd with a diverse range of talent.

And no matter how much it tried to rain, festivalgoers did not let it dampen their experience, and people enjoyed the sun when it came out.

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Tina Latham from Smokies BBQ said that she has loved the colour and vibrancy of the festival, particularly the diversity of the event.

She said: “We do street food, and we like being part of this community.

“It’s very vibrant and colourful.

“The organisers are amazing and have been very accommodating to us.

“It’s great for Bolton that we are so inclusive.

“What I have found amazing about this festival is that they have someone doing sign language for the music.

“I have never seen that for a festival, and I do a lot of food festivals.

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“Everyone is just happy and it’s a good vibe.”

Some of the highlights from the event include Taylors Theatre Academy, and tribute acts including Making It Madonna, Absolute Britney, Keith George (Boy George tribute), and Kelly Wild.

Saturday saw hundreds of people come together in an impressive parade, including a band who belted out a mixture of upbeat classics, including It’s Raining Men.

Colourful flags and bright clothes could be seen all across Bolton.

Bolton Wanderers in the Community (BWITC) also teamed up with Bolton Council to put on a series of free activities to keep the children entertained.

Equality, diversion and inclusion lead for BWITC, Beth Warriner, said: “It’s a huge part of our values, belief and mission.

“It’s just nice to have a space where people can be whoever they are without being worried.” 

Natalie Dawn Hadi - who only just set her business up, Balloons that Bloom - says that she was really grateful to have her balloons included in the celebrations.

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