This weekend sees the return of the now infamous Manchester Pride festival, hosted just around the corner from The Pendulum Hotel. We’ve been supporting this event for years, and always love to see how the city really comes to life as people flock to the city from all over the UK, Europe and even globally to celebrate this fantastic event.
For those of you that don’t know much about the festival, here’s a little bit of background information on the festival and what you can expect to see this year.
What is Manchester pride?
Manchester Pride is a registered charity campaign that aims to promote equality and spread awareness about the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and LGBT people. This event fights for equality and challenges of discrimination to create an opportunity for everyone to engage and participate in various festivities. The charity conducts a fundraising campaign for HIV and LGBT projects in Greater Manchester through holding several events throughout the year, among which the Manchester Pride Festival is the most popular.
This award-winning event along with the Manchester Pride Spring Benefit events aim to discourage Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and spread the message of peace and equality among all.
About Manchester Pride 2016
Thousands are set to attend the Gay pride festival Manchester 2016 event that have launched across the UK, thus bringing festivities for the LGBT community to celebrate homosexuality and everyone else to join the fun. Over the August bank holiday weekend, from 26 to 29 August, Manchester City will play host to the annual Gay Pride celebrations and all the joy that comes along with it. This year, you’ll be able to witness musical performances from renowned artists like Katy B, MNEK, Heather Smalls of M People, and the ever so talented Will Young. In addition to these musical events, there will be plenty of food outlets, souvenir markets, bars, and of course the main attraction – the huge parade.
The pride’s main aim is to raise awareness of the issues faced by the Gay, Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities while having fun in the process. The message is to lend the suppressed people a voice so that they can demand equality in treatment, regardless of their sexuality.
Thomas Cook airlines USA Main Stage: This event lies at the heart of the celebrations over The Big Weekend. Having played host to many top artists from around the globe, including All Saints, Kelis, Dannii Minogue, Texas, Anastacia, Alicia Dixon, Alison Moyet, and a whole host of other performers and celebrity presenters, this year’s event will host an entirely new line-up of stars who will take your breath away. From Friday to Monday, different singers and performers from all over the world will be present at the Manchester Gay Village to make the event memorable as it can get.
Sackville Boutique stage: Among all the happening stages at The Big Weekend, this one will be your own personal hangout zone amidst all the hustle and bustle of the crowd. Here, the tempo will be relaxed and the atmosphere chill so that you can just grab a glass of cider and enjoy the line-up of performances in store. There’s no better way to enjoy the party than being at Sackville Gardens that is set to host some of the best food you have ever tasted. Food, drinks, and your own space of serenity, everything will be there at The Big Weekend.
Gaydio Dance Arena: As the event name implies, this is supposed to be a disco and dance fusion that combines the best of both worlds to provide unlimited entertainment for all the guests. The Gaydio Dance Arena is the place to be, every night from 7 PM, as it will play a host to some of the world’s best DJs, with sets from the highly acclaimed artists like Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi. There will be other live shows featuring the big names in the industry such as Crazy P Soundsystem, Hot Since 82, Graeme Park, Stonebridge, Kidnap Kid, Jodi Harsh, and others.
The Parade: On 27th August, Saturday, the carnival atmosphere will burst alive in the streets of Manchester and enthral thousands of onlookers of all ages and sexual orientation to see the gathering of the most fabulous people going on a parade. It doesn’t matter if you are gay or straight, with family or alone, make sure to grab a good seat along the Parade Route to see all the attractions like fabulous floats and Walkers as they pass by. The parade begins at Liverpool Road at around 1 PM, so make sure you’re ready and set for the grand extravaganza.
The Expo: The Expo will offer visitors an opportunity to meet and greet different businesses, charities, organizations, and community groups that have consistently supported and provided various services to Manchester’s LGBT communities. Located in the indoor area, the Expo will be open on Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM; 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday; and 11 PM to 3 PM on Monday.
Candlelight Vigil: This event is the culmination of The Big Weekend as it remembers those who lost their lives to HIV and aims to bring people together to fight the stigma associated with the disease. The candlelight vigil is your opportunity to develop brotherhood and stand united in front of many challenges that are just a day in the life of LGBT communities from around the world. This is the heart of Manchester’s Pride Festival and an event you must attend to experience a truly moving atmosphere.
The Market: Plan to go shopping on The Big Weekend? Don’t fret because The Market at Manchester Pride Event will bring together a host of memorabilia and other attractive art forms in a single destination. Situated along Charlton Street, the marketplace will also have stores from where you can get your face painted, do hair braiding, and lots of other stuff for a complete makeover. The markets will remain open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11 o’clock in the morning to 9 o’clock at night.
Where is it happening? Do I need tickets?
The Manchester Pride 2016 will be held in Gay Village that lies in the centre of the town, very close to the Pendulum hotel. This event does not have free entry, and you can buy tickets directly from Ticketmaster. The minimum price of tickets is £ 16 (booking fee extra) for a day ticket and £ 18 (booking fee extra) for the weekend tickets. There are numerous transportation options to reach the event, including bus, coach, train, and by flight. So, make sure you attend this spectacular event or else you’ll be missing out on a lot of fun!
If you need accommodation for your weekend of partying, we’d love to see you at the Pendulum Hotel.