Manchester Pride Festival returns on Friday 24th August

On Friday the 24th August till Monday 27th August will be the annual celebration of LGBT+ community as the city of Manchester is wrapped in a rainbow flag. There will be a string of free events taking place in the city centre that you can get involved in, including; The Manchester Pride Parade, The Candlelit Vigil in Sackville Park and The Superbia Weekend.

The Pride Parade, on Saturday 25th August at 12pm, will involve a sea of colour and thousands of people walking together in the spirit of love and acceptance. This years theme will be ‘The Circus of Acceptance’ and the crowd can marvel at unicyclists, tumblers to jugglers and trapeze artists to ring masters. The parade attracts a large audience so be sure to arrive promptly to ensure you have a good view of all the action.

pride parade

The Candlelit Vigil is held at Sackville Gardens on the 27th August and this act of remembrance is a tribute to those who have lost their lives the HIV virus and a reflection on the challenges that are still faced LGBT+ communities across the world.

The Superbia Weekend is a family friendly event that involves a showcase of film screenings, cabaret, conversation, community workshops, new art and free post-Pride Parade party.

Finally, Pride hosts The Big Weekend in the centre of Manchester’s Gay Village this ticketed-event will attract thousands and is packed with live music and entertainment. At the main stage, Thomas Cook Airlines Stage, a number of big names will welcome the crowd including; Rita Ora, Alexandra Burke, Sigla and many more!. The Gaydio Dance Arena will bring together big names in dance music and The Sackville Boutique Stage will host both new and established artist.


For more information about Manchester Pride and how to get tickets, head to their official website:

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