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Manchester Day - Sunday 19 June

Jonathan Kahn describes what we can expect

Published on June 15th 2011.

Manchester Day - Sunday 19 June

SUNDAY 19 June marks the second annual Manchester Day. Last year’s and parade attracted over 50,000 people and organisers are hoping for a big increase on that figure this year. As well as a parade, organisers have a number of events planned around the city to mark the occasion. 

"Manchester Day Parade is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate their own and their city's stories.” 

The parade itself, created by Walk the Plank, is entitled ‘A Mancunian Voyage of Discovery’ and will be led by a giant galleon, inspired by Manchester’s own Coat of Arms, and the Bridgewater Canal, which this year marks its 250th anniversary. 

There’ll also be a Lancaster Bomber, a beating heart, and a giant Dragonfly, as well as many others. The parade has involved 80 community groups in conjunction with 30 local artists and it is estimated that around 1600 people will walk the parade route. 

"Manchester Day is incredibly exciting and a great way for Manchester residents and communities to enjoy celebrating the achievements of their city. It is inspiring and makes us all incredibly proud," said Councillor Pat Karney, chair of Manchester Day.

Traders will take over St. Ann’s Square in a Bake-Off Market. The Manchester Youth Steel and Wind Orchestras and the Brazilia and Manchester Music Service will provide music en route.

Albert Square will be transformed into the Co-operative Village, featuring events such as cookery demonstrations and an interactive farm. 

Liz Pugh, Parade Producer and Walk the Plank co-founder has said: "Manchester Day Parade is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate their own and their city's stories.” 

The parade will start at 2pm from Castlefield making its way through Deansgate, Cross Street, Albert Square and Peter’s Street, with Liverpool Road, between Potato Wharf and Deansgate being closed from 6am to 11:59 pm on the day, whilst other roads may be closed in both directions between 12pm and 7pm.

Full details on the parade, including the full route, events taking place and a full list of participants can be found at HERE.

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