Pride weekend is here & until you have spent a weekend celebrating love, at Manchesters Pride, are you even Mancunian?
From this Friday through to Monday, the city will be alive with events and is one of the best weekends you can spend in Manchester! This year, of course, is no exception. With all the negative things we have had thrown at us over the past year, we could all do with spending a weekend celebrating love & the freedom to be who you want to !
Beginning on Friday, the main events will begin Manchester’s Gay Village. The village will be closed off to the public and only those with tickets can enter. Music acts, bar events and general fun will start throughout Friday in the village.
The tickets also allow you entry to The Big Weekend stage, where the likes of Rita Ora, Jake Shears, Pete Tong, Alexander Burke and many more are all confirmed performers over the weekend.
On Saturday 25th, is the Pride Parade! This is the perfect way to get your kids involved with pride weekend, watching this parade has been a favourite of mine for years & is well worth a watch! This year’s theme is ‘Circus of Acceptance’ and will no doubt be amazing. The GMP, GMFS & armed forces join the parade every year, along with queens & coronation street stars.
More events, shows and performances take place in The Village, throughout Sunday too!
As Pride weekend comes to a close, Monday’s main event is a Candlelight Vigil held in Sackville Gardens. This vigil is a way for everyone to come together and reflect. Remember anyone who’s lost the battle against HIV, those who struggle with it & anyone who’s suffered from the stigma around it.
The core of Pride weekend, is to spread a message of love and acceptance for all people, no matter their sexuality or gender. As a straight, cisgender woman, who would consider myself an ally of the LGBTI community, I have been to many pride weekends to support and celebrate everyone’s right to be who they want & love who they want. At Manchester Pride weekend, not only can you make a statement like that, you can have an amazing weekend (covered in glitter) drinking with friends and dancing till sunrise!