Manchester City Council

Stunning success for second Manchester Day

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate all things Manchester for the second Manchester Day.

At least 70,000 enjoyed the sunshine and watched the parade as it snaked its way throughout the city centre.
 
Led by a giant galleon, taken from the city's coat of arms, other highlights included a massive Gulliver, giant dragonfly, space rockets, mystical creatures and musical figures. Bands and choirs helped entertain the crowds as the city was flooded with a sea of colour, noise and spectacle.
 
Three thousand people participated in the parade, from 96 Manchester charities, community groups and companies who brought alive the "Voyage of Discovery" theme in extravagant fashion.
 
They worked with some of the North West's best artists to create the remarkable entries.
 
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: "It was a fantastic display of all the things that makes this city great. It was also a great family occasion and a lovely way to celebrate Father's Day. Several generations of my own family were there to enjoy the event.
 
"The parade also provides a real boost to city centre businesses, which is incredibly important in these difficult times. Last year Manchester Day gave an economic boost of more than £4m to the city and I have no doubt that will be even more this year."
 
Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, added: "It felt like there were a million people on the streets. The atmosphere was amazing. Manchester once again came alive for the parade.
 
"One of the real highlights for me was seeing tens of thousands of children and young people out on the streets with their families enjoying the spectacle. It's something they will remember for the rest of their lives and helps instil the real sense of pride in our city that makes it the best place in the world to live."
 
The parade was produced by renowned event organisers Walk the Plank.
 
Walk the Plank producer Liz Pugh said: "Last year's parade was stunning, but unbelievably this year's was even bigger and better. There was real passion on the streets of Manchester, and that is because there are so many groups and so many people who have a genuine passion and love for Manchester.
 
"I would like to thank all of the groups that took part as they are at the heart of this wonderful event."
 
The parade also received significant private sector sponsorship. Joining founding sponsors Siemens were Gold Sponsors The Co-Operative Group, Laing O'Rourke and Lend Lease. Wates Construction joined us as Silver Sponsors with Bronze Sponsors Manchester Airport and Building Solutions. Our other supporters were: Transport for Greater Manchester, The Castlefield Hotel, NCP, Broderick's Coffee Shop, Forever Manchester and Community Arts Northwest.

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