Manchester Day Parade

Manchester Day Parade is an annual event that celebrates everything great about our city.

By Lee Isherwood | 8 June 2011

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Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about our city. It is a day for residents and visitors alike to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have helped Manchester emerge as one of the world’s most iconic cities.

The first-ever Manchester Day Parade burst onto the city’s streets on 20 June 2010. The Parade, which involved over 1,800 participants from 90 community and social groups across Manchester, wowed an audience of more than 40,000 residents and visitors, who lined the streets as it weaved its way through the city centre. Spectators witnessed an amazing celebration of Manchester’s unique creativity and diversity with the theme of  ‘Out of this World’.

The Parade was brought to life by groups and individuals from across the city who worked with highly skilled professional artists. The end result was an incredible variety of beautiful structures and vibrant costumes, which were pushed, wheeled, cycled or walked to pulsating music and dance.

With its many benefits for the city the Parade brings communities, artists and businesses together to create something truly special for Manchester.

This year’s Manchester Day Parade, themed ‘A Voyage of Discovery’, takes place on Sunday 19 June – 2pm till 4pm. So make a note in your diary, and make your very own voyage to the city to discover the biggest event of the year.

The theme of this year’s parade is A Voyage of Discovery, inspiring a host of diverse and creative ideas from participating groups.

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