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Manchester Pride. Photo credit: Man Alive! on Wikimedia Commons

What's happening in Manchester this August?

  • Peterloo Anniversary
  • Manchester Pride Festival
  • Caribbean Carnival

It's set to be a busy August in our city this year with plenty of cultural events to see you through the rest of the summer.

This weekend, the Caribbean Carnival returns to Alexandra Park in Moss Side.

The two day event which features music, performances, food and clothing of Manchester's Caribbean community usually packs out the 60-acre park to the point where it's difficult to move! Entry is free, and a parades set off around the surrounding area all day on the Saturday with the main parade at 1pm.

Manchester Caribbean Carnival
Manchester Caribbean Carnival parade. Photo Credit: Rathfelder on Wikimedia Commons

The Carnival was in the news last year for a less desirable reason after a gunman shot at revellers in the early hours of the morning on Clarendon Road, injuring 12 people, but thankfully killing none. Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but the Carnival's chairman said at the time it had 'no connection to the carnival'.

There will be a greater presence of armed police at this year's Carnival as a result, but attendees are urged to take care.

Manchester Pride returns for its 17th year over the bank holiday weekend. 

The weekend event includes the well-known street parade, which was led by Sir Ian McKellen a few years ago, which covers much of the city centre starting from Piccadilly Gardens, and ending up in the Gay Village along Canal Street.

Manchester Pride Festival
The 2012 Pride Parade. Photo Credit: David Dixon on Geograph

Other events at the festival include the candlelit vigil in Sackville Gardens to remember those lost to AIDS and HIV, as well as people like Alan Turing who commited suicide following persecution for his sexuality, which was illegal at the time. There's the Gay Village party which consists of performances in Sackville Gardens, markets and parties in the Gay Village's bars and clubs.

There is also Pride Live, which takes place in Mayfield and features live and DJ performances from big names such as Ariana Grande, Emilie Sande and Basement Jaxx. This event drew criticism for its expensive ticket prices (£64.50 for the weekend), but organises justified it for being able to book the acts on offer.

The 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre is to be held on Friday August 16th and is being commemorated with a number of events across the city.

Considered one of Manchester's most significant historical moments, the Peterloo Massacre occured when mounted soldiers charged a group of peaceful protestors listening to a talk by orator Henry Hunt, which advocated for voting rights for the working class and an opposition to the corn laws. An estimated 18 people died from the attack, including a veteran of the battle of Waterloo, which gave the massacre its name.

Peterloo memorial
A commemorative plaque for the Peterloo Massacre. Photo credit: Frankie Roberto on Flickr

A historical reenactment will take place in St Peter's Square on the Friday at 1pm with music from Dutch Uncles. The 1819 massacre led to the foundation of the Guardian newspaper.

Another event to take place is Fake Fest in Heaton Park, which features a line-up of tribute acts, which takes place on August 17th.

At the end of August, Extinction Rebellion are holding a Northern Rebellion in Manchester, which will combine a number of events, both protest and fundraising to raise awareness for climate change, and demand urgent action from the government. Locations and exact times will be released closer to the date.

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