Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - June issue

Manchester Day is back this weekend

The weekend the city has been waiting for returns on Sunday 17 June.

Manchester Day has grown into the community event of the summer, inviting more than 1,500 people to parade through the city centre to celebrate this year's theme: The Word on the Street.

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More than sixty community groups have worked with the region's top artists for months to create the thousands of individual artworks - from the gigantic floats to the props and costumes. Everything has been completely handmade in the WoW workshop, with the help from outdoor art specialists, Walk the Plank.

Manchester Day begins at midday and the party continues throughout the afternoon until 6pm. Tens of thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate the best of Manchester's communities, diversity and history.

The parade starts on Liverpool Road at 1pm, taking in Deansgate, Peter Street and Albert Square before returning to Deansgate, ending in Exchange Square around 2.30pm.

The fun does not end there, as Albert Square, St Ann's Square and Cathedral Gardens will be full of exciting performances and entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Foodies will have their pick of the best street food Manchester has to offer, curated by experts in the field, Manchester Food and Drink festival. Be sure to bring an empty stomach.

Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: "We don't need a big excuse to have a party in this city, but Manchester Day is the opportunity we're sometimes looking for.

"Nothing fills me with pride more than the spectacle of 1,500 people representing Manchester's communities parading down Deansgate with the thousands of artworks, floats, costumes and props that have all been completely handmade by them in the past few months.

"The excitement in the street is palpable and the joy on the faces of everyone involved is a wonderful sight to see.

"Manchester's spirit and resilience has been on show for the world to admire in the past few months, and Manchester Day embodies that spirit of community and diversity.

"Get down early for the parade from 1pm and then soak up the atmosphere across the city centre. It's all free, so bring your loved ones together and be part of the show of the summer."

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