Manchester is renowned as the UK’s Gay Capital of the North, and this year Manchester Pride will celebrate its 21st Birthday in a typically loud and hedonistic fashion. The event is established as one of Europe’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) events and attracts visitors from near and far who contribute an estimated £20million to the city’s economy.
Proceedings kick-off on Friday the 19th of August with the launch of PRIDE FRINGE, showcasing the best art, theatre, music, comedy and more from the gay community. A programme of events is available here.
Hopefully you will have kept something in reserve for the BIG WEEKEND, Friday 26th – Monday 29th of August, when you can enjoy 71 hours of non-stop partying. Heading the bill are Pixie Lott, Sugababes, Blue, and Alexandra Burke who will perform to the packed out crowds around Canal Street. All the bars in the area will be hosting their own events during the weekend and you can all the updates by listening to GAYDIO.
The Parade takes place on Saturday from 1pm following the traditional route around the city. This year’s theme is Best of British and there are always lots of imaginative and colourful entries. A full list of who’s taking part in this years parade can be found here.
Please also remember to check out the HIV Candlelit Vigil in Sackville Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday. It’s a chance for everyone to take a minute to remember those we’ve lost to the HIV virus and join together to fight the epidemic worldwide. The Vigil is the spiritual heart of the Manchester Pride festival and there is a truly magical and moving atmosphere of quiet reflection in the gardens.