It has been two years since the Manchester bombing and Ariana Grande has returned the city for the first time since the benefit concert.
The “Thank U, Next” singer headlined the biggest Pride event the city has ever seen since she was made an honorary Mancunian.
The Pride celebrations took place on a mile from where 22 people were killed during Grande’s 2017 concert.
Despite the heavy police presence, the party still went on.
“The scale of it and the vibe is off the scale,” said Nathaniel Thornton, 28, told The Guardian. “After the bombings we came to Manchester the following day when we had the vigils. This year we would’ve come anyway but the fact Ariana is here amplifies it. Kudos to her.”
Grande took the stage just before 11 p.m. local time where she started with “No Tears Left To Cry”, “Be Alright”, “7 Rings” and “Side To Side”.
Grande also took a moment to tell the crowd how much the gay community has meant to her before giving Manchester a shoutout.
“I just wanted to wish you all a very happy pride,” she said over the screams. “The gays have always had my heart personally. I spent some of the happiest times of my teenage years singing in gay bars in New York.”
“I’m sorry, I’m so nervous,” Grande added on. “I had so much more to say, but I am just very overwhelmed.”
She then wrapped up the show with “One Last Time”.