This Sunday 23 June marks Manchester Day, the annual event that celebrates everything amazing about the city. To save you some hassle, we’ve rounded up what’s on this weekend to mark one of the best days of the year.
Created in 2010, Manchester Day is an event for all the family, for Mancunians and visitors to toast to one of the world’s most iconic cities and celebrate its diversity and creativity.
Manchester Day celebrations start at midday and will run until approximately 6pm. This year, the parade will start on Princess Street, through to St Peter’s Square while passing some of the city’s iconic landmarks like Manchester Central Library and the Great Northern Warehouse. From there, the procession will parade through Deansgate before finishing on Blackfriars Street, near the impressive Manchester Cathedral at around 2:30pm. One of the most popular spots to watch is outside the Great Northern Warehouse and an accessible viewing area will be marked out along Deansgate.
The party in Cathedral Gardens will run across two stages, the Cathedral Gardens Stage and the Circus Stage, to welcome an eclectic mix of the best music from Manchester. The Cathedral Gardens Stage will be hosting uplifting choirs, the RNCM session orchestra and 90s beats and rave classics from Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners. On the Circus Stage, there will be show stopping aerial performances from Circus House and incredible dance shows brought by local talent Chameleon Youth and RW Dance. Cathedral Gardens is the place to be on Sunday evening as the parade finale rolls in at 5:30pm.
Exchange Square will set up the Manchester Day Market, with Manchester-inspired art and prints with local traders and artists offering unique handmade jewellery, crafts and local produce. The Manchester Day Market is the perfect place to celebrate this city and take a little bit of it home with you. The Manchester Shop will be around too, flogging its fantastic Manc-themed apparel inspired by the city’s culture and history. It is normally based in the Northern Quarter made in Manchester for Manchester. Other traders will include O’Donnell Moonshine which sells traditionally made liquor using the best ingredients, The Chorlton Potter will offer handmade ceramics and Statement Artworks, poster art focussed on various districts of Manchester.
A hive of creativity, St Ann’s Square will be the city’s hot spot for music, dance and art. The Square will be transformed into hub of activity with a marvellous making station get good and messy. As part of Hats of to Manchester Day, ‘Creation Stations’ around the city will be open for business to make your own parade hat with environmentally-friendly materials. The workshops are for all ages and provide the perfect opportunity to get creative and design your very own accessory to cap off the big day. There will also be a number of performances here throughout the day. Get involved and move your feet with an open dance session and the people’s procession at 5pm. Performances will include Dance Like A Mother where mother’s boogie with their babies, KYSO Fashion Show with music and style and Jubacana providing the best of fusion beats from Brazil, Africa and India.
Through teaming up with the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Manchester Day 2019 will showcase an amazing lineup of street food champions all over town.
MFDF director Alexa Stratton Powell said: “We’re Manchester Day veterans by now and we love to support the event with help from some of the most mouth-watering street food purveyors the region has to offer. The city’s food and drink scene is incredibly exciting at the moment and it’s events like these that give the people of Manchester the opportunity to try something new and – undoubtedly – tasty.”
Get excited for homemade, sustainable seafood traders The Dutch Fishmen, bringing traditional Dutch-style fish and chips to the North West. As well as their fresh take on a British favourite, they offer burgers, chicken wings and strips, all cooked in house along with their homemade sauces. Tapas Altrincham have a solid 20 years of experience in events catering and will be serving up some of the best Paella and Tapas on Manchester Day. Rok Kitchen made it to the finals of the British Street Food Awards with their impressive Korean street food, expect authentic fresh noodle soups, chicken skewers and Kimchi.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, MFDF bring Grandpa Greene’s quality ice cream which is handmade in Greater Manchester. Grandpa Greene first made his ice cream in the 1920s in Salford, now the recipe has been adapted to make luxury ice cream the old fashioned way. Love is Churros will be serving up authentic Spanish churros from their gorgeous vintage horse box and Bubble Martini will be ready to bring the best bubble waffles and ice cream cones.
Manchester Day bars will also be there to keep the drinks flowing, serving up a selection of ales from the best Manchester breweries as well as delicious fizz, ciders, wines and soft drinks.
If you think your photos are a perfect 10, Manchester Day are holding a competition for the best picture to be in with the chance of winning one of 10 amazing prizes. Prizes will include an overnight stay at Whitworth Locke, a bottomless brunch for four at Malmaison, theatre tickets for ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ at the Royal Exchange and Sunday lunch for two at Sam’s Chop House. Your photograph should capture the scale, vibrancy, colour and movement of the day against the beautiful backdrop of Manchester City Centre.
For information on the event, visit manchesterday.co.uk