Manchester Day parade gets exciting new revamp for 2023

This year, the Manchester Day parade has been replaced with an exciting new event called Manchester Day - On Holiday.

More than a decade on from Manchester Day’s very first outing in 2010, there will now be literally more hours in the day for families to enjoy the city’s favourite free day out, with events being planned from 12 noon to 9 pm throughout the city centre.

The new event is scheduled for Saturday, July 29.

Manchester Day Parade 2022

Working alongside Walk The Plank, the council has designed a diverse program of family entertainment that will transform Manchester city centre from morning to night.

Unlike previous celebrations, this year’s festivities will feature attractions scattered throughout the city, including Deansgate, Exchange Square, and St Ann’s Square, running from 12 pm to 9 pm.

As the sun sets, the focus will shift to the vibrant Northern Quarter, allowing partygoers to continue revelling in the evening sunshine.

More details about the event, such as new activities, stalls, and entertainment, will be revealed as the day approaches.

Further announcements about the exciting plans will be made in the following weeks, so mark July 29 in your diaries and prepare for an unforgettable experience.

Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesperson, Manchester City Council, said: “Everyone knows how much we love doing things differently here in Manchester, and after more than a decade of Manchester Days we’ve decided it’s time to do just that and also showcase our famous Manchester nights.

“And so on Manchester Day this year – for the very first time – we’re really excited to be bringing a special night city celebration to our streets and squares to round off what is set to be a fabulous day-long celebration of everything that is great about Manchester.

“It’s going to be brilliant, a show-stopping finale to an amazing day and you won’t want to miss it!”

In previous years, the Manchester Day parade was the central attraction of the event, bringing together hundreds of participants who paraded and danced through the city streets in a vibrant celebration of their communities.

This year, the council decided to replace the parade with a day-long and night-long celebration of Manchester, believing it would be more engaging than a parade that lasts only an hour.

Council officials have guaranteed that the streets will be alive with live music, impromptu performances, interactive activities, captivating art installations, crafts, a bustling Manchester market, and various food and drink stalls.

They also promise delightful surprises awaiting attendees at every street corner.

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