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Route Announced for Manchester Pride

Date Posted: 15/08/14

Route Announced for Manchester Pride

Next weekend (Saturday August 23rd) will see the streets of Manchester burst into a riot of colour and sound, with all the colours of the rainbow decking out the route of the popular Manchester Pride event.

The route of the parade, which will start at 1pm next Saturday (August 23rd), has just been announced, with the main change being that it will no longer pass through St Ann’s Square.

Instead, the procession will set off from outside the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Street, before turning onto Deansgate. It will then turn right onto John Dalton Street, continuing behind Albert Square and onto Princess Street, concluding on Whitworth Street.

Leading out the performers will be Orange is the New Black actress Lea DeLaria, while there will be floats in the parade from the Coronation Street cast, the Royal College of Midwives and even Wickes - the DIY company.

Deputy chief executive of Pride and one of the event organisers Darren Adams told the Manchester Evening News that the best place to watch the parade this year will be on Deansgate, adding that they are expecting tens of thousands to turn out for the spectacle.

“The theme for this year, love, is really accessible and people have really embraced it - we’ll have some great floats and really high impact walking entries too,” he enthused.

Although tickets are required to enter the main Pride Arena on Canal Street, it’s completely free to watch the parade - you may just want to get there early to get a good spot along the route. 

There are some big names appearing on the Main Stage over the course of the weekend - with shows planned for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Friday night’s headliner is Anastacia, while Pixie Lott and Rowetta are among those appearing on Saturday. 

Eurovision winner Conchita will be performing on Sunday, as will All Saints, Foxes and Shauna Mackin, among others. The Monday show will take place in the afternoon, rather than the evening, and features the likes of Misha B and Marcus Collins. 

Even if you can’t get tickets for the Main Stage, there will be plenty going on in Manchester’s clubs and bars to celebrate the Pride event.

Posted by Hayley Brent

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