Celebrate equality, community and activism action at Manchester Pride 2021

One of the worlds leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life, the Manchester Pride Festival, is back in town from 27 – 30 August 2021. 

A huge weekend is set to go ahead thanks to the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England and the city is sure to party hard!

Gay Village Party: Friday 27- Monday 30 August

The ultimate bank holiday weekend will take place in the Gay Village, the heart of Manchester Pride, boasting a line-up of live performances and markets.

A brand new addition to the festival, ‘The Playground’, will play host to exciting interactive contests, dance routines and games.

The Alan Turing Stage will showcase both new and established artists, as well as community favourites, whilst the Mancunity Stage will host a variety of artists and the much loved silent disco.

Go looking and you will also find the Manchester Pride Maypole, fairground rides, a chill-out area and a bar!

Superbia Weekend: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 August

A special alcohol-free space to enjoy films, art, yoga and culture away from the main party. Look out for more information!

Equality Marches: Saturday 28 August

Thousands of people are expected to march through the city centre with the support of sideline allies along the route.

However, whilst 14,000 people marched in 2019, to help keep everyone safe, this year’s approach will mean that the parades will run slightly differently.

There will be five marches, each limited to a maximum of 400 people per march, offering the opportunity for up to 2,000 people to take part overall.

MCR Pride Live: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 August

A huge stage will showcase even bigger celebs and musicians, including Annie Mac, Example, Ella Henderson and loads more. Grab a ticket for this one!

Human Rights Forum: Sunday 29 August

Following its successful launch last year will well-known artists Munroe Bergdorf, Juno Dawson, Ben Hunte and Reeta Loi, the Human Rights Forum is back, providing a space to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today, and how to promote political or social change.

This event is free and will take place online.

The Candlelit Vigil: Monday 30 August 

To cultivate the four-day festival, a candlelit vigil will be held in Sackville Gardens, the home of Alan Turing.

The city will turn silent to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS, as the LGBTQ+ community continues to fight the epidemic and the stigma.

The festival team are also asking people to send in a short video of themselves to be used at the vigil, which is free to attend.

Family Pride MCR: Saturday 28 August

Families are invited to enjoy a range of fun activities in Sackville Gardens including crafts, aerial hoop, disco, Drag storytime, The Junk Orchestra and more.

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said; “It’s really exciting to be taking MCR Pride Live to First Street this year.

“The site is perfect for our event and is less than ten minutes walk from the Gay Village meaning that ticket holders will be able to move around our different sites in the city really easily and enjoy everything that Manchester Pride Festival has to offer.”

Check out the full line-up, more information and accessibility over on the official Manchester Pride website and be sure to grab a ticket to the paid events.

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