Manchester Day extravaganza is back for 2022 after a two-year absence!

  • Manchester Day set to be back after a two year absence due to the impact of covid
  • Callout is on for youths, individuals and groups who are interested in taking part and getting creative
  • Hundreds of participants and volunteers from local communities will spend next few months working with artists to help bring Manchester Day to life

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The countdown has begun for the annual Manchester Day parade which has been postponed for the past two years because of the pandemic.

The parade is always held each June in Manchester city centre, with the last one in 2019.

The council has announced that Manchester Day this year will be on Sunday, 19 June and will be a day-long celebration of Manchester, its people and all things Mancunian.

The callout is now on for youth groups, community groups, volunteers, and everyone else who wants to take part.

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There are lots of different way to take part ranging from working with professional artists to turn your creative idea into one of the amazing creations for the parade, joining a pop-up workshop and working with others to make something spectacular.

People can bring their own colourful costumes or traditional cultural dress to dance or strut and style their way along the streets as part of the parade or get involved in volunteering opportunities both on the day and in the lead up to the even. 

Manchester Day, parade, celebration
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Councillor Pat Karney, chair of Manchester Day, said: “What a long three years it has been! We never dreamt as the sun set on Manchester Day in 2019 that it would be another three years before we would be able to get together and celebrate our wonderful city again.

“Absence really does make the heart grow fonder though and we’ve already had a fantastic response to our call-out for community and youth groups to get involved.  

“We’re dedicating Manchester Day this year to the city’s children and young people who have missed out on so much during the pandemic.  It’s been a really tough couple of years for them, and we’re determined to help them smile again and have some fun.  

“The return of Manchester Day is a chance for everyone to show the world what Manchester is made of and celebrate kicking Covid good-bye in true Mancunian style.

“I cannot wait!”

Liz Pugh, creative producer of Walk the Plank, said: “We’re particularly excited to see how children and young people want to shape the future of the city, and how that might be reflected in the sections of the Parade.

“We know the impact of climate change is a big issue for them, and that will feature in some of the floats. And there’s always great dance from some of the street crews, along with some of Manchester’s best loved music.”