Manchester Day 2019

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh. Walk the Plank

Manchester Day, 23 June 2019, free entry - Visit now

This annual celebration (which drew crowds of over 100, 000 last year) is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that Manchester has never needed an excuse to celebrate all that is blinking amazing about this city.

Celebrating its 10th birthday year in 2019, and produced by Manchester’s world renowned, showstopping outdoor arts producers Walk The Plank, we love that this event never does things by halves.

The centrepiece of the day is a mile long (yes, you read that right) spectacular carnival parade featuring the work of over 30 artists and 70 diverse community groups from across the city. Walked and danced by over 1500 local people, it will be led by key Manchester figures.


Manchester Day 2017 courtesy Mark Waugh
Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh


This year’s parade starts from 1pm on Princess Street headling down Portland Street, Peter Street and Deansgate. Its scale means it usually takes an hour to enjoy in its entirety and promises sensational huge artworks and other big wows. This year’s birthday theme is “10 out of 10” with artists and community groups celebrating Manchester’s global reputation as a city which has always been a pioneering voice through key moments in its history.

Celebrating the best of Manchester’s people, cultures and communities and their astounding achievements in industry, science, music, fashion, education and sport, we are sure to see some off the scale creative responses as per.


Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh
Manchester Day courtesy Mark Waugh


City centre squares will be hosting live music, performance, and food and drink (in association with Manchester Food and Drink Festival).

As we have seen in the last two years in the aftermath of difficult events, creativity and artistic responses, community action and celebrating the pride in and diversity of the city are all the things that continue to make Manchester iconic worldwide.

We can’t think of a better way to continue the spirit of solidarity than a massive street party by the community groups of Manchester for the people of Manchester like this.

23 June 2019 12:00 pm
Free entry