With a riot of colours, costumes, music, food and fun, Manchester Pride is now a huge event for Manchester. Join the huge weekender or any one of the many happenings and there is a magical atmosphere of celebration.
However, you only have to look back a few years to see how far the event has progressed. It was back in 1989 when the Northwest Society for Gay and Lesbian Equality took the bold step of organising the slightly wordily titled “Celebration of Gay and Lesbian Diversity”. Previous fund and awareness raising events had been jumble sales; gatherings where you were probably more likely to see a pair of rainbow coloured socks than a giant Pride banner.
25 years on however, and Manchester Pride is no longer a fringe fundraiser but a huge, celebratory feast for the senses. Big music acts, street food and the arts all feature, besides one of the biggest and most colourful diversity parades in the whole of the UK. So where should you head this August in Manchester? Here is our lowdown of highlights and ways you can join the fun:
Live Music and DJS at Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend: For many revellers this year, the centrepiece will be the ticketed arenas, where Texas, DJ Fresh and Danni Minogue lead an impressive line-up of musical acts to get you into the party spirit. Meanwhile, there will also be special broadcasts from Gaydio and a mixture of edgier, alternative acts at the Sackville Street Boutique Stage including Heather Peace, Shelter and Jess Vincent.
For full ticket details, see the official site: bigweekend.manchesterpride.com