Back in April we speculatively applied to take part in Manchester Pride Parade 2015. We didn't have much idea about what we wanted to do, but felt we needed to be represented. Then after a few off the cuff ideation sessions, we came up with a crochet themed maypole (gaypole) idea. We received confirmation that our entry had been accepted. The excitement started to ramp up quite quickly..

 

You all know how busily we perform here there and everywhere. So time to yarn bomb everything in our busy schedule was a challenge. However, if we imagine it Helen Chicot (our awesome Foreman) seems to be able to make it... Helen and her mother have yarn bombed and crocheted on an industrial scale, and so beautifully too.

 

Oakenhoofs' enthusiasm to get involved and engaged doesn't really need any coaxing. Everyone always seems up for a right good fun loving time. We all travelled to Manchester in our vibrant crochet, and eight foot yarn bombed gay pole... We were greeted everywhere en-route by happiness and warmth. The staff at Victoria Station asked us to dance, and we obliged. We all knew then that we were in for a fantastic day to remember.

The pride parade rendezvous was at the Roman fort in Castlefield, and a carnival atmosphere was already building. There were some awesome floats and throngs of vibrant parade participants... After an hour or so, and a bit of hanging about, the parade got underway. Once we got out onto that road, and the thousands of happy people all lining the streets in the Manchester sunshine, we all got a real surge of joy. What an amazing experience, and excellent event organisation!

The parade was quite long for some our shorter legs, but never once did any of them moan. I don't know the figures, but i've never seen so many people, and definitely not looking at us! This was an absolutely monumental day! Thank you Oakenhoof and The Black Nan Band for just being as joyous as you actually are....

Anyway, being a part of the Pride Parade was reward in itself. However, on the Sunday we got a message saying we had been shortlisted as one of the best walking entries!!! We were all rather excited, which is a massive massive under-statement. So, a contingent of us went down on the Sunday, and Robyn Chicot, and Helen went back stage as our representatives. Arghhhhh, we won!!!! What an absolutely fantastic way to top off a great weekend! Also, what better reward for all the hard work put in by our crochet, sewing, knitting and general creative core...

We're so delighted we're even planning how we might be able to incorporate our Rushcart next year!

Thank you everyone who came along, the amazing crowds, the awesome organisation of Pride, and the amazing and vibrant city of Manchester....