A parade, a birthday party and Postman Pat sounds like a celebration for kids, but it’s not.

Friday marks the start of Chinese New Year – and that means a weekend full of fabulous events in Manchester, including the famous Dragon Parade.

The birthday party is MCR Live’s, who are celebrating with a free all-day event at Ancoats General Store.

This weekend is the last chance to catch the Cosgrove Hall exhibition at Waterside, featuring a wealth of childhood cartoon favourites.

The Dragon Parade

From a Chinese Food Festival in St Ann’s Square to fun open days at Manchester Art Gallery and Central Library, there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend as Chinese New Year begins. But if you catch just one festive thing, make sure it’s the famous Dragon Parade. Taking place on Sunday, this is the chance to watch a great Chinese tradition, complete with lion dancing, a massive funfair, martial arts and a firework finale. The events start with dance displays in Albert Square from 12pm, before the dragon appears at 12.30pm and makes its way to Chinatown. It’s set to arrive at the Chinatown NCP car park at 1.30pm, where there will be New Year addresses from VIPs. Throughout the afternoon, there will be two stages packed with acrobatics, dancing and music – one in Chinatown and one in Albert Square – followed by fireworks from 6pm.

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MCR Live’s first birthday and new studio launch

MCR Live is celebrating its first birthday and brand new studio with an all-day free event at Ancoats General Store on Saturday from 3pm. Headlined by HomoElectric and Warehouse Project regular Will Tramp and an exclusive DJ set from Manchester alternative band Spring King (pictured), with support from Dutch Uncles’ front man Duncan Wallis, Manchester institution Funkademia, the infamous Martin The Mod and upcoming DJ collective Flute Salad. The event will also have a tap takeover from Brooklyn Brewery. MCR Live’s new studio will be on the mezzanine above the bar and will be open during the event for you to look around.

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Cosgrove Hall Films exhibition

Waterside is the new home of the Cosgrove Hall Films archive, and Saturday is your last chance to see the exhibition featuring favourite Cosgrove Hall characters including Dangermouse, Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, Noddy, and many more. Expect to see original puppets, story boards and props being exhibited together for the first time, alongside behind-the-scenes insights into the creative processes that brought these beloved characters to the screen.

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