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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 comprises 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 celebration up north, and prepare for Manchester Gay Pride!
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Manchester Pride, coming soon. With just over 10,000 participants taking part in 2018, the Manchester Pride Parade is a highlight of Manchester Gay Pride. The city 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! The Manchester Pride Parade route 2019 will be about as varied as the Pride itself! Things will kick off at Deansgate, then criss-cross through the city along streets including Oxford and Princess, before wrapping up at the Mayfair Depot.
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. The star-studded line-up for the event includes headline act, Ariana Grande, along with Years & Years and Bananarama - nice!
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!