Start: Liverpool Road
Ends: Fairfield Street
The Manchester Gay Pride Festival is a four-day event in the heart of this major UK city, known for Canal Street, its gay village. The lively event compromises more than one Pride Parade, however. In fact, it welcomes six different elements, which are catered to a range of different tastes.
You can look forward to The Manchester Pride Parade, The Candlelit Vigil, Manchester Pride Live (originally The Big Weekend), the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Gathering, and Youth Pride MCR. Start storing up some of your energy, you're going to need it for this crazy Pride celebration up north!
With over 4,000 participants, the Manchester Pride Parade is a highlight of Manchester Gay Pride. The city of Manchester is turned into a kaleidoscope of color, as floats and marchers weave their way throughout the city center in front of tens of thousands of spectators! These UK northerners really know how to throw a party! In 2018, the parade was bigger than ever before, and you can expect something similar this time around - 150 entries are already featured!
Along with the Manchester Pride Parade, the city will be host to plenty of other exciting events and celebrations. Manchester Pride Live will take place Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 at the Mayfield Depot - formerly the Mayfield Station site. The industrial space will welcome roughly 30 artists across two stages. Note however, that this is a ticketed event, so start planning.
Other events include The Candlelit Vigil, which is dedicated to all those who lost their lives through HIV/Aids, and the free (and alcohol-free) Superbia event which features debate, film, comedy, literature, music, sport, theater and family fun!
Recognizing 50 years since Stonewall, Manchester Pride will aim more than ever before to be a festival that celebrates LGBT+ life, but also continues to fight for equality and acceptance within the community. So if you're ready to experience Pride with a twist this year, you need to get yourself to Manchester Gay Pride 2019, it's going to be hectic!
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