With one of the country’s longest-established festivals celebrating the LGBT community, Manchester Pride has developed through its nascency under various monikers into an action-packed fun-filled four-day celebration, taking place annually during the Late Summer Bank Holiday. Travelling to Canal Street from Deansgate, the main parade is open to all spectators. Last year, it raised £161,000 for Manchester-based LGBT charities. The parade consisted of more than 4,000 participators and drew a spectatorship numbering in the tens of thousands. The Gay Village remains a closed-gated area during the festival. Tickets start from £10 + booking fees, with a range of options across various different tiers.
The parade route will follow Deansgate, along Peter Street all the way past Central Library and onto Oxford Street. It will then take a left turn onto Portland Street, then onto Whitworth Street (via Princess Street), where it will reach its end on Fairfield Street at Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield Depot. A former railway depot, that remains disused, Mayfield Depot (M1 2PY) will be emerging as a significant new music venue. The location will be very easily accessible from Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road trains stations with plenty of signage and clear directional prompts.
This year’s line-up promises to be the most exciting to date. On Sunday (25 August), Ariana Grande will headline her first set at Manchester Pride and her first performance since the One Love benefit concert held in memory of the devastating attack at Manchester Arena in 2017. Other performances, on Saturday and Sunday will include: Years & Years, Emeli Sande, Kim Petras, Basement Jaxx, Lady Leshurr, Louisa, Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Disco, Kings of Tomorrow, Freemasons & Katherine Ellis, Hedkandi, K-Klass Live, Jodie Harsh, Youngr, Sink the Pink, Cheryl, Bananarama, Ministry of Sound, Faithless (DJ set), Becky Hill, Pixie Lott, Tulisa, Hercules and Love Affair, Four of Diamonds, Chelcee Grimes, Bongo’s Bingo