Manchester Airport, the UK’s third largest airport, is set to be headline sponsor of Pride Edinburgh for the next three years.

As well as being headline sponsor, the Northern Hub will also be sponsoring the main stage at Pride, which will become known as The Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage.

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Airport staff will be in attendance during the festival to join the march celebrations and to shout about its 210 global routes, particularly its popular new direct route to SAN Francisco.

As part of the sponsorship, Manchester Airport will be offering Pride Edinburgh fans the opportunity to win a holiday of a lifetime to San Francisco, which is served by Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines. The competition is live now on Pride Edinburgh’s website.

Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Pride Edinburgh for the first time to support such a worthwhile event.”

“We have sponsored other Prides across the UK and thought it was time to widen our reach to showcase the great work undertaken by Manchester Airport, with many of our passengers travelling down from Scotland.”

“We look forward to working closely with the Pride Edinburgh team, on what I am sure will be a world class event and wish everyone the best of luck with our San Francisco holiday competition.”

Pride Edinburgh Chair, Brett Herriot said:

“As we enter our 23rd year of celebrating Pride in the capital city, we are delighted to be working with Manchester Airport as our headline sponsor. This will enable us to work with a city that exemplifies LGBTQI equality and acceptance, that is what Manchester as a city is all about. Bringing two great cities Manchester and Edinburgh together in a unique celebration of diversity.”

Pride Edinburgh takes place on Saturday 16th June in the capital city with the theme ‘True Colours’ marking the 40th anniversary of the creation of the rainbow flag.

In 2017 the Pride march route and festival venue were vandalised with anti-capitalist graffiti and marchers faced protesters along the route campaigning against a number of organisations they felt were ‘Pink-washing’ the event for commercial gain.

You can follow all the latest news from Pride Edinburgh on their Facebook page here.

Pic: Brett Herriot on Twitter

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