Manchester Day honour the arena attack

  • The day honouring Manchester will be dedicated to those who lost their lives last Monday
  • The 8th instalment of the festival is also celebrating everything that has made Manchester the great city it is today  
  • Volunteers are still needed for the festival

This years Manchester Day will honour the memory of the 22 victims of last Monday’s terror attack on the city. The festival is to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the arena, their families, and those who were injured, when it returns on Sunday 18 June. 

The special tribute will be added to the front of the parade which is also honouring the heroic efforts of the emergency services who worked tirelessly in the hours and days after the attack. 

Lord Mayor of Manchester,  Eddy Newman, and Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, will join Pat Karney, the chair of Manchester Day, marching in the parade ahead of the incredible artworks that make Manchester Day the spectacle of the summer, with this year’s theme: Abracadabra.

Commenting on the day, Pat Karney said: “Manchester Day will show the city’s resilience and collective spirt where people come together to celebrate a shared love for our city.

Manchester Day 2016 Parade
Manchester Day 2016
Photo Credit: Mark Waugh

“Our thoughts remain with the families of those who lost their lives last week – as well as those who were injured – and we believe it is important that Manchester Day pays tribute. 

“We know thousands of people will come out to on Sunday 18 June and we look forward to seeing you for an incredible day of celebration.”

The Mayor of Greater Manchester added: “It’s right and fitting that Manchester Day is devoted to those who lost their lives and those that continue to live with the aftermath of last week’s attack.

“It will also give us all an opportunity to pay tribute to our heroic public servants and celebrate the incredible Manchester spirit that has sustained us all through these dark days.”

Manchester Day, now in its 8th year, is a celebration that perfectly represent’s the pride that people have for the city’s spirit, strength, strength and diversity.

Manchester Day 2016 Parade
Manchester Day last year
Photo Credit: Mark Waugh

Community groups from across the city will once again come together, with an expected 2,000 people parading through the centre of the city, proudly celebrating the city’s beautiful diversity together. 

Organisers are appealing for volunteers of all ages and abilities to step forward to help in a variety of ways for the event.

No experience is required, organisers are looking for those “with a willingness to be part of a ‘can-do’ team of volunteers.”  It’s a fantastic opportunity to support one of the biggest celebrations of our city and be part of the show of the summer.  

Find out more on the official website and click “Get Involved” 

Manchester Day, the planning for which has been underway since the start of the year, returns on Sunday 18 June from midday until 6pm in the city centre. 

The parade begins at Liverpool Road at 1pm.

The co-founder of Walk the Plank and executive producer of Manchester Day, Liz Pugh,  said: “Manchester Day celebrates the achievements of this amazing city and its people in an exuberant act of civic engagement, and provides a unique opportunity for less visible community groups to be seen and heard.”

Follow @Manc_Day to keep up with Manchester Day news and updates, and follow the hashtag #McrDay17 for latest updates.