Published On: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015

Manchester Pakistan Parade 2015

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Hundreds of people lined the streets for a parade celebrating the history and culture of Pakistan.

The Pakistan Parade was first staged last year as a way for people of Pakistani descent and others to celebrate their heritage.

And around 1,000 people turned out for this year’s carnival.

A total of 11 floats made their way along the parade route which began at from the Consulate General on Dickenson Road in Rusholme before heading along the Curry Mile to Whitworth Park and Denmark Road.

They were decorated by a number of groups from across Greater Manchester’s Pakistani community.

They included representatives from the Pakistani Christian community whose choir performed at the event.

There was also much more singing and dancing with children dressed in traditional costume from their respective regions.

The Greater Manchester interim mayor and police commissioner Tony Lloyd was present along with Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi and other dignitaries.

Boxing star Amir Khan was due to attend but had to fly out to Greece to help distribute aid to refugees, tweeting his apologises and good wishes to the organisers.

Those behind the event said they were delighted with the turn-out and said it was ‘here to stay,’

Zahid Hussain, 43, from Chorlton said: “Last year, we were just testing it out but this year was much bigger and better.

“It was a great, family atmosphere.

“It was absolutely jam-packed as well and it was great to see so many people from all different backgrounds here.

“Pakistan is a very diverse country so it was important that was represented, as it is a cultural and not a nationalistic event.

“It’s great we’re doing it here in Manchester and not Birmingham, Bradford or London.

“No where else is doing anything like this and I think it is here to stay,” said Mr Hussain.

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