Manchester Day returns on Sunday, 14 June with thousands of people expected to flock to the city centre to enjoy a fantastic parade, amazing spectacles and lots of exciting activities.
‘a celebration of leisure, play and Manchester’s
place in a global gaming world.’
Now in its sixth year, Manchester Day has become a must-see event. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the celebrations last year and an even bigger turn out is expected this year.
Commissioned by Manchester City Council and produced by local outdoor experts Walk The Plank, the event will see artists from the region work closely with community groups to develop costumes, structures and performances.
This year’s theme, Game On! will transform the city into an animated playground of music, outdoor theatre and procession in a celebration of leisure, play and Manchester’s place in a global gaming world. Computer games and those of the more traditional variety will be given imaginative interpretations as more than 2,500 participants from more than 80 community groups take to the streets for the spectacular parade through the city.
Celebrations will again be extended to areas away from the main parade route and the city centre squares will play host to activities and performances throughout the afternoon with street food and drink available from noon to 6pm.
The parade will leave Liverpool Road at 1pm and make its way to Exchange Square via Albert Square and Deansgate. The parade will be around one mile long and take up to an hour to pass any one point. Albert Square, Deansgate (from John Dalton Street to St Mary’s Gate) and Exchange Square are likely to be busy so if you’d prefer a bit more room, try Peter Street and the end of Deansgate nearest to the Beetham Tower.
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