This year’s Manchester Day will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Arena terrorist attack, their families, and those who were injured.

The special tribute will be an additional element at the front of the parade on Sunday 18 June and will also honour the heroic efforts of the emergency services who worked tirelessly in the hours and days after the attack.

Now in its eighth year, Manchester Day is the event that best encapsulates the city’s pride, diversity, community spirit, strength and solidarity – a proud celebration of Manchester people and their shared history.

Each year a different theme is chosen to celebrate the city, its history and our shared future. Thousands of structures, artworks, costumes, props – and everything in between – are created by an army of artists and volunteers from the city’s community groups.

This year’s theme – Abracadabra – will celebrate the amazing and charmed achievements by Manchester people through its history.

Stand together: Manchester Day parade to pay tribute to victims of terror attack I Love Manchester
Pic Mark Waugh

This year’s mascot will be TRIX is a visitor from the enchanted world of Mancunia where, in a mysterious parallel universe, a city lives that is a near copy of our own beloved Manchester, except for one very big difference… magic!

Slipping through the astral plane, TRIX was enticed to the city by the masses of everyday magic flooding through Manchester people.

TRIX now realises it’s the small differences that make Mancunia very different to our own – a place where the buildings are all upside down, rain spouts upwards from the ground and people’s names are all back to front.

Stand together: Manchester Day parade to pay tribute to victims of terror attack I Love Manchester
Pic Mark Waugh

The enchanted card will take over the event’s twitter feed until the event on Sunday, 18 June becoming the voice of the city’s flagship summer celebration.

With sustainability at its heart, the event tries to reuse and repurpose as much material as possible, saving structures and elements from previous Manchester Day celebrations to be used in future events.

A key part of the green credentials of Manchester Day is that every large build, small float or prop is human powered, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the event. At no point during the parade will you see a combustion engine.

The thousands of people who visit the city centre for Manchester Day are encouraged to travel by public transport, bicycle or on foot to help support the green ambitions of the event.

The parade starts on Liverpool Road from 1pm. View and/or download the full programme here

Follow TRIX at @Manc_Day and join the Manchester Day conversations using #McrDay17

For more information visit: manchesterday.co.uk

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