August Bank Holiday in Manchester means only one thing- PRIDE! And it’s back in style! Manchester Pride Festival is one of the world’s leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life. Four days packed full of music, dance, culture and celebration. With a parade, live music, the Gay Village Party and events right across Manchester, it’s that time of year when the whole of the city centre turns into one big party!
Here’s our guide on what to expect over the weekend with our top tips for the best way to celebrate Pride in the city!
On Saturday and Sunday is the main musical event – Manchester Pride Live. This year for the first time, Pride will be taking over the new Homeground site at First Street – just over the road from AXIS. The location will host two live music stages – the main stage and the Gaydio Dance Tent.
Topping the massive bill is Zara Larson, Sigala, Gabrielle and Katy B. Plus, a very special headline act for Saturday night who will only be announced the day before. We can’t wait to hear who it will be! A few of the other highlights we’re looking forward to seeing are Annie Mac, Example and Eve. Check out the full line up here.
Manchester Pride Parade
The jewel in the crown of the weekend has to be the famous Manchester Pride Parade. This year it’s taking place on Sunday 28th August and will be a smaller event this time round – instead of the usual parade, there will five Equality Marches of up to 400 people. These will be ticketed so if you have been able to get a place, make sure you send us your pics! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our Pride banner which we will be showing across the weekend on the giant screen on AXIS.
The Gay Village Party
This is probably everyone’s highlight – The Gay Village Party. From the 27th – 30th of August, experience four days of the ultimate street party celebration with performances In Sackville Gardens and parties across the world famous Gay Village’s venues. This is year’s theme will is “Garden of Freedom”, and if you’re quick you can still get a pass here 👉
And last but not least…
Across the weekend there are loads of venues and businesses joining in the LGBTQ+ celebration. On Thursday, to kick off the Pride celebrations, The Great Northern Beach Club is hosting a number of events, including an unforgettable Great British seaside-themed drag show. Come along to enjoy plenty of LGBTQ+ anthems, drag bingo, a disco and night of fun and games with Ginger Hunter.
Escape to Freight Island has massive plans for Pride weekend with tons of parties to enjoy over three days. You can expect live music from some of the UK’s hottest artists and DJs – check out the full line up here.
At Perdu Perdu you’ll find a glittering array of events including a Disco Dinner where guests can enjoy a number of South American dishes accompanied with funk sounds from their resident DJ. And don’t miss their Pisco Disco on Saturday celebrating the wonders of their frozen Pisco Sours.
It’s not just the humans having all the fun – pampered pooches will be getting a piece of the action at “Pooches of Pride”. This spectacularly popular event will be returning to Angel Meadow for a very special competition with categories including “Fabulous Fella”, “Loveliest Lady”, “Most Alike Pair” and “Best Dressed”. There will even have their own Pride photobooth and some amazing street food on offer. You can get all the details here.
Finally, the “Something for Everyone” Weekend at Ducie Street Warehouse, with help from Sink the Pink DJs (part of the UKs largest LGBTQ+ collective and club night), sees Gina Breeze, Kiss Me again and many more coming to Manchester. Over the course of the weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun drag brunch hosted by legendary drag queens and DJs, the Schitt’s Creek inspired party “The House of 1,000 Moira’s”, plus loads of guest DJs.
Manchester’s annual Pride Celebrations are one of the many things that makes life living smack bang in the middle of the city so good. At our luxury apartments you are very much in the thick of it all 24/7 – perfectly located to make the most of everything the city has to offer. So, join the fun. Book a viewing, and experience the best of city living. Call or message the team to book a viewing – you can find all the details here.