Manchester Pride will light up the city

One of Manchester’s biggest and most colourful celebrations will light up the city over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Since its humble beginnings in 1985, Manchester Pride has grown into a huge, multi-venue event. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and provides a massive financial boost to LGBT+ causes.

The Pride Parade is for many the highlight of the festival.Thousands of participants march through the city’s streets in front of many thousands more cheering them on their way.

This year’s parade on Saturday 24th will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. It was an act of civil disobedience which kick-started the modern LGBT+ pride movement.

The spectacle will feature 150 entries of more than 10,000 participants on floats and walking entries from businesses and community groups across the region.

Firefighters taking part in Manchester Pride

Firefighters taking part in the Manchester Pride Parade Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Ariana Grande will return to the city to headline the new Pride Live event at Mayfield in Piccaddilly. The stellar line-up also includes synth-pop band Years and Years, ’80s duo Bananarama, Chelcee Grimes, Liberty X and Pixie Lott.

The Gay Village Party will still be the heart of the festival with what’s described as the ultimate street party. There’ll be community performances in Sackville Gardens, plus markets and parties across the village’s venues.

The Superbia Weekend’s free-to-attend programme includes film screenings, cabaret, conversation, community workshops, new art and a free post-Pride Parade party.

Youth Pride MCR will be a free-to-attend event for 16 to 25-year-olds.

The Candlelit Vigil will close the four days of the festival in Sackville Gardens. It will be an opportunity to remember those lost to the HIV virus, those who are suffering and those who are still persecuted.

Campaign for equality and acceptance

Manchester Pride chief executive Mark Fletcher said: “We felt that it was important to deliver a festival that not only celebrates LGBT+ life but also clearly continues to campaign for equality and acceptance.

“Manchester Pride Live will be one of the most innovative projects that we have delivered to date. Our intention is to make it a world leading celebration of LGBT+ life.

“(This) will be a uniquely inclusive experience where the LGBT+ people of Manchester can truly celebrate their culture in a safe and welcoming environment.”



 

Manchester Pride is a grant-giving charity which has raised more than £1.5 million since achieving charity status.

Full details of Manchester Pride here.

Meanwhile, the 10th anniversary Cumbria Pride will take place at Carlisle Castle on Saturday, September 28 from midday until 10pm. Actress and singer songwriter Heather Peace will headline with a live band. There will be support from Sonique, Janice Robinson, Cappella and Christopher Maloney from The X Factor.

The free event also includes a parade from the city centre to the castle at 11am.

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