Manchester’s St George’s Parade is taking place this Sunday 25 April 2010 with a cavalcade of floats, bands and performers that will make England’s patron saint proud.
The parade will begin at Varley St in Miles Platting at 11.30am before snaking its way into the city centre along Oldham Road and Oldham Street to Piccadilly Gardens where the Lord Mayor of Manchester will take a salute.
The parade will then continue on its way along Newton Street, Great Ancoats Street, Butler Street and Bradford Road before returning to Varley Street for the finish.
There will be a viewing area in Piccadilly Gardens for those with disabilities so that everyone can have a good view of the celebrations.
This guaranteed fusion of colourful, noisy and flamboyant fun for all draws thousands of visitors of all ages every year.
And the parade isn't the only attraction.
From Friday 23 April until Sunday 25 April, the special St George's Day market will be in Piccadilly Gardens, and the St George Festival will be held in Albert Square, 11am-6pm.
The St George Festival in front of the Town Hall will include musical and theatrical entertainment, costume characters & performers, an English themed pub, arts and crafts and various food and drink stalls and a special treat for Saturday only, a display of Rolls Royce cars - the ultimate English motor - from vintage vehicles to the current day.
Vicky Rosin, strategic director of neighbourhood services at Manchester City Council said: "The celebrations for St George's Day are growing every year in Manchester. As well as the parade and the markets, for the first time this year there is also the St George Festival ensuring the celebratory atmosphere spreads right across the city centre."