Manchester’s annual free-to-attend festival – a day that celebrates that city, its culture, and most importantly, its people – is finally set to return this weekend after a two-year hiatus, with a legendary parade that’s set to take over Manchester’s streets.
Last taking place in 2019, Manchester Day will take place this Sunday 19th June, bringing a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and culture as youth and community groups from across the city join in the famous parade that has become the highlight of the day.
Mancs can expect music, dance, food, drink and family-friendly entertainment on the day, with performances kicking off at 11am in Piccadilly Gardens and Cathedral Gardens, and the Parade spanning Deansgate from 1pm.
Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “What a long three years it has been! We never dreamt as the sunset on Manchester Day in 2019 that it would be another three years before we would be able to get together and celebrate our wonderful city again.
“Absence really does make the heart grow fonder though and we’ve already had a fantastic response to our call-out for community and youth groups to get involved.
“We’re dedicating Manchester Day this year to the city’s children and young people who have missed out on so much during the pandemic. It’s been a really tough couple of years for them, and we’re determined to help them smile again and have some fun.
“The return of Manchester Day is a chance for everyone to show the world what Manchester is made of and celebrate kicking Covid goodbye in true Mancunian style. I cannot wait!”
Adding: “We’re going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure the day plays its part in this and to help ensure generations of children and young people will still be able to celebrate Manchester Day many years from now.”
The council is currently calling on volunteers to help pull off this year’s spectacle, with roles across participant support, parade support and more available.
For opportunities to take part, visit the website here, or you can simply turn up on the day and enjoy the festivities.