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Ian McKellen Went To Manchester Pride And Partied Like Only Ian McKellen Can

Thou shall not pass...without a big gay hug.

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Sir Ian McKellen - Lord Of The Rings legend, gay rights activist, BFF of Sir Patrick Stewart, and potential Taylor Swift squad member - was the Grand Marshal at Manchester Pride over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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And, boy, did Sir Ian have fun, as he led some 2,500 people through the gay streets of Manchester.

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People should have curtsied/bent down on one knee as the 76-year-old passed, but we'll allow that slip in royal etiquette just this once.

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And while Sir Ian looked chuffed to be there, it was nothing compared to the joy that those attending Pride felt when they met the actor.

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The big gay hugs were plentiful.

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Everyone wanted a piece of him.

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Seriously, how could those lovely smiles not make us all a little bit gayer?

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Here Ian is giving a flower to a baby, like the seasoned gay royalty he is.

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Of course, Ian is just one of the lads, too. Here is he is with some out and proud rugby players.

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Speaking of, Ian also hung out with newly-out rugby star Keegan Hirst.

Best of the day! @IanMcKellen & @KeeganHirst celebrating #Pride @ManchesterPride #ManchesterPride #Love #Equality ❤️

Ian, darling, you are a national treasure.

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