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It’s Manchester Day on Sunday 19th June, the day when Manchester goes all Rio. A day when residents and visitors to celebrate all things Mancunian and the streets of the city centre are transformed into one big party.

This year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Expect an incredible day of spectacular floats, vibrant costumes and pulsating music and dance with 2,000 people taking part in the parade and over 100,000 spectators lining the streets of the city centre. St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square and the Great Northern will come alive with performers, stalls and street food.

There’ll be a brand new piece of music from Graham Massey of Manchester’s own 808 State and Mr Wilson’s Secondliners, and an attempt to organise a huge flashmob dance, with everything coming together for the finale at 6pm.

The parade leaves Liverpool Road at 1pm and will weave its way along Peter Street, past the Great Northern Warehouse, into Albert Square, down John Dalton Street and onto Deansgate before finishing in Exchange Square at approximately 2.30pm. It will be around one mile long and take up to an hour to pass any one point.

Now in its seventh year, this time Manchester Day focuses on the city’s achievements in the field of science. This is where Rutherford split the atom, Dalton developed atomic theory, and graphene, the world’s thinnest material, was isolated.

Manchester wouldn’t be Manchester without some rain but the weather forecast for Sunday is good. According to the Met Office, there’s a 10% chance of rain. We think there’s a 100% chance of a great day out.

Road closures and parking suspensions will be in place so leave the car at home and get the bus or tram. Check the official website for details manchesterday.co.uk

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