The annual LGBT festival returns to the streets of Manchester, embracing diversity regardless of sexuality. As part of the Big Weekend, Manchester’s Gay Village district welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. The carnival atmosphere comes into fruition during the Parade, with over 3000 participants taking to the streets, lined with many more spectators. Highly decorated floats, dancers and performers lead a procession through the city centre. The Candlelight Vigil remembers those who have been sadly lost to the HIV virus. As one of England’s longest running pride events, Manchester Pride has played an important role in equality and raised large sums of money for HIV related charities.
Manchester Airport is 7.5 miles away from the city centre, or you can then travel into Manchester city centre by public transport. Canal Street is a short walk away and the main stretch is filled with bars, clubs and restaurants, attracting the LGBT community and many more. While the parade and candlelight visual are free, other aspects to the big weekend may be ticketed. Check for announcements on concerts and theatre shows as part of the event. Some of the evening events may be over 18s only due to licensing laws.
The whole weekend of Manchester Pride is about embracing diversity and everyone is welcome, although if you are attending anything in the evening check ahead for those aged 17 and under. Manchester Pride falls on bank holiday weekend, so be mindful some shops and tourist attractions may be closed or open different hours to normal. While the whole weekend is full of activity, make sure you don’t miss parade, normally held on Saturday. If you know of someone who has contracted HIV, or just want to support those that do, light a candle as part of the Vigil remembrance service.
Choose from a selection of houses, Bed and Breakfasts, flats, apartments and other private rentals close to the gay village and Canal Street. Wherever you choose to stay, Manchester has an extensive public transport system.
If you love shopping, then spend your money at the Trafford Centre. Visit the set of Coronation Street at the Granada Studios. Watch a football match at Old Trafford, home to Manchester United, or take a tour of the stadium. Enjoy the nightlife the city has to offer, including its local music scene.
Find out more about Manchester Pride by visiting the official website, information will include: the big weekend, the parade and candlelit vigil, about Manchester Pride, how to donate, news, contact details, other pride events and more.
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