Party on the Prom!

Blackpool Pride 2012: Hands and Rob Harper and (below) singer Tom McLeod.
Blackpool Pride 2012: Hands and Rob Harper and (below) singer Tom McLeod.
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FORGET the Union Jack – the rainbow flag was the only one to be waving at North Pier this weekend.

Thousands of people turned the Promenade into a riot of colour, as Blackpool’s 2012 Pride weekend showed everyone how to party.

Singer Tom McLeod.

Singer Tom McLeod.

And there was a carnival atmosphere as the flamboyant Pride parade made its way down the Promenade, transforming the area between St Chad’s Headland and the Metropole Hotel on Saturday morning.

Dressed as the Village People, Andy Page-Fielding and his partner Mark Fielding took part in this year’s parade after travelling over from Rochdale.

Andy said: “We’ve been to Blackpool twice before and it’s got bigger and bigger. We always enjoy it in Blackpool.” And Mark added: “We entered the parade and we got stopped a few times by people, which is all part of the fun.

“We’ve done Manchester Pride as well, and obviously this is on a smaller scale, but it’s getting there.”

Paul Gilberthorpe had travelled over from Doncaster for the event. He said: “We’ve come for the last five years and it’s always a good event.

“The nightlife in Blackpool is always brilliant, and so is the atmosphere.”

A host of star names took part in this year’s Pride festivities on the Pier, with Blue reforming to headline the event.