Is it still a fundraising event?
Yes. Manchester Pride has traditionally always been a fundraiser for local HIV and LGBT communities and is the only Pride event in the UK which has consistently done so.
Between 2003 and 2006 Operation Fundraiser, working together with Manchester Pride raised nearly half a million pounds which has been distributed to over eighty local LGBT and HIV groups and charities and benefited a wide range of diverse projects.
Manchester Pride became a charity in 2007 and will continue this fundraising tradition and work with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation and George House Trust to raise funds for LGBT and HIV groups in Greater Manchester
By giving your support to Manchester Pride, you're helping a great range of charities and community groups around Greater Manchester. Many couldn't exist without your contributions from attending the Big Weekend and giving to the donation buckets through the year. On behalf of the countless lives you've helped, we'd like to thank you.
Who received money from last year's festival?
Manchester Pride has raised large amounts of money for LGBT and HIV organisations.
Monies from previous years are:
2003 - £127,000
2004 - £131,000
2005 - £120,722
2006 - £126,000
(but only £70,000 distributed to Charity £65,000 to HIV and LGBT causes and £5,000 to LGF and GHT)
2007 - £95,000
2008 - £105,000
2009 - £135,000
2010 - £115,000
2011 - £105,000
2012 - £52,000
For more information on who the money raised goes to help, click here for 2007, click here for 2008's or click here for 2009's financial breakdown.