Manchester Day 2022

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Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Manchester Day
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Manchester Day, 19 June 2022, free entry - Visit now

People of Manchester and beyond, let’s get together to celebrate our amazing city!

After a two-year break due to you-know-what, Manchester Day returns on Sunday 19 June 2022, 11am-5pm. Join fellow Mancunians for a free, fun-filled event, celebrating the culture, diversity and creativity of Manchester, featuring an outstanding parade and stunning displays taking place throughout the city, for one day only.

Manchester Day

Curated by the world-renowned outdoor arts producers Walk the Plank in collaboration with Manchester-based community and youth groups and Manchester City Council, the event’s primary focus is on children and young people. It will be jam-packed with exciting treats to showcase this wonderful city we live in, and the people, cultures and communities that make Manchester a city like no other; a city we are honoured to be part of.

Expect a day of vibrancy and entertainment, with pop-up events, spectacular structures, fun family activities, live performances, colourful costumes, engaging youth markets and delicious, irresistible street food. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and people of all ages are invited to come along and get involved.

The main attraction of Manchester Day is its stunning mile-long parade – a jaw-dropping fusion of colour, sound and performance taking place at 1pm from the corner of Liverpool Street and Deansgate. The famous parade pulsates through the city centre, stunning crowds with its incredible spectacles and displays, and taking approximately an hour to make its way past any one point. The parade highlihts and promotes the energy and togetherness of our city, making us truly proud to be Mancunian.

This year’s parade will feature a very special guest, no other than the breathtaking Little Amal, a 3.5 metre puppet. Little Amal is a Syrian refugee who walked 8,000km on foot from Turkey through 65 European cities, towns and villages, finally arriving in her new home, Manchester, in late 2021. Little Amal looks forward to exploring her city on 19 June. and wowing the crowds as she joins in with the parade.

As well as immersing yourself in the amazing parade, we also recommend you take some time to head to the city squares across Manchester. Tantalise your senses with the irresistible array of mouth-watering food, and the huge variety of music, dance and performances, welcomed to Manchester from across the globe.

Manchester Day is a chance for people of all ages to have fun while creating memories that last a lifetime. Manchester is one of the world’s most iconic cities, and this event is an ideal opportunity to get together for a street party like no other, as we celebrate this fantastic place we are lucky enough to call home.

Manchester Day

19 June 2022 11:00 am
Free entry

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