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Manchester Day 20 June

Forget the World Cup for a day, support your city spectacularly

Published on June 14th 2010.


Manchester Day 20 June

Manchester’s coat of arms is crowned by a globe covered in worker bees - the animal symbol for the city.

This represents Manchester as city which looks across the world and takes the world in, a city of ambition, vision and welcome.

Commissioned by Manchester City Council and produced by Walk The Plank, there’ll be eye-popping art, cycling, music, movement, puppets and even line-dancing. The theme for the first Manchester Day Parade is ‘Out of this World’ which perhaps explains the aliens.

This Sunday we’ll celebrate that with more than just bees buzzing about. A giant peacock, a tiger, a winged horse, robots, aliens, astronauts, firemen, space hoppers, and historical figures will parade through the city centre.

The numbers involved are large. More than 1600 will take part in the city’s newest parade, 80 groups including 4 charity groups and more than 30 of the north west’s leading artists.

Commissioned by Manchester City Council and produced by Walk The Plank, there’ll be eye-popping art, cycling, music, movement, puppets and even line-dancing. The theme for the first Manchester Day Parade is ‘Out of this World’ which perhaps explains the aliens.

Leading the parade will be ‘The Spirit of Manchester’ featuring a giant helium-filled globe that depicts the ‘57 Varieties’ - namely the other Manchesters around the world, who have called themselves after our city.

The parade will bring to life some of the many people who have helped put Manchester on the map including Mr Rolls and Mr Royce with their vintage cars and Mrs Pankhurst and her sister suffragettes.

And of course there’ll be a larger than life bee.

“Mancunians love parades but this is going to be the mother of them all,” says a typically understated Councillor Pat Karney, chair of the Parade. “We’re expecting thousands in the city to enjoy the spectacle but I hope that other Mancunians around the world, particularly in the other 57 Manchesters, will hear all about it and get behind us.

Confidential will celebrate Manchester Day week with an article every day underlining the contribution of the city to global history. We’ll even have a quiz on Friday, in which people can win a Manchester Hamper of goodies.

The parade starts at 2pm from Castlefield and the route takes in Deansgate, St Mary's Gate, Cross Street, Albert Square, Peter Street, Deansgate and will finish back in Castlefield.

Click here to see the Manchester Day Parade website for more information.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Duke FameJune 14th 2010.

What an utter waste of money. I note Leese was whinging about a cut in his budget and how it would affect front-line services. EDITORIAL: Comment removed here.

mike15366June 15th 2010.

I think its an excellent idea, if you don't like it don't go. Simple as.

Smyth HarperJune 15th 2010.

I've seen a bit of a preview of this and it looks amazing. It is going to be an absolutle blast.

Duke FameJune 15th 2010.

My point is, if I go or not my council tax is paying for it. Leese was complaining about cuts and affecting frontline services, why not cut indulgences like this?

AgricolaJune 16th 2010.

Man can not live by bread alone Duke. We need colour in our lives, we need to think ahead beyond the bad times. This probably didn't cost much and could be the start of something big.

mike15366June 16th 2010.

The whole point of this is to raise the awareness of Manchester both nationally and internationally; from which more income from tourism is generated. Not to mention giving the people of Manchester a sense of pride about their city.

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