The multi award-winning Manchester Pride returns in August in the annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. There are four elements to Manchester Pride, beginning with Pride Fringe which runs throughout August and comprises of over 40 events across the city ranging from theatre and performance to art and culture.
The Pride Parade is held on Saturday 24 August and this year’s parade theme is ‘Acceptable in the 80s?’; touching on the decade’s relevance to HIV activism, Section 28 and iconic music and fashion. The parade route runs across the city centre and is watched by tens of thousands each year.
The Big Weekend is held over four days where Manchester’s Gay Village becomes the focus for thousands of visitors to enjoy one of the best parties in the UK. Over the Big Weekend, visitors can:
– See live music acts and DJs in the outdoor area.
– Be entertained by local bands and performances in Sackville Gardens.
– Visit the Village Markets to pick up a souvenir and check out the Lifestyle Expo where a number of community groups and traders will be on hand with expert advice.
The HIV candlelit vigil is the spiritual heart of Manchester Pride and is the culmination of the festival which takes place in Sackville Gardens. The vigil is a chance for people to remember and pay respects to those who have lost their lives to HIV.
Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend is a ticketed event and visitors need a wristband to gain access to the festival site. Wristband sales contribute to the fundraising effort that Manchester Pride makes to many LGBT charities.
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