Submissions are being sought from charities, organisations, groups and individuals to take part in this year’s festival. Organisers have opened applications for the Manchester Pride Parade and Lifestyle Expo.
One of the UK’s most successful Pride events, the festival is a unique opportunity to show commitment to diversity and inclusion, whilst helping the charity to raise much needed funds for local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and HIV charities and community groups.
The Manchester Pride Parade, weaves its way through the streets of Manchester on Saturday 25 August 2012. Over 3000 people take part in the parade each year and previous entrants have included Manchester Airport, Coronation Street and Greater Manchester Police.
The theme Queer’d Science, has been adopted in honour of the father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime code breaker and victim of prejudice, Alan Turing. The gay computer pioneer was prosecuted for gross indecency for having relations with another man in 1952, when homosexual acts were illegal in the UK. This year the country celebrates the centenary of Turing’s birth.
Exhibition space is also available during the Big Weekend in the Lifestyle Expo area, with host of exhibitors promoting services and offering support. A very popular area of the festival site, early booking is advised.
Manchester Pride’s Chief Executive, John Stewart said “This year focuses on encouraging individuals to become ambassadors for Manchester Pride, promoting and inspiring their workplaces to take part in the festival.”
“Participants have a great time, whilst helping us raise money for services in Greater Manchester that support the LGBT community and those living with or affected by HIV.”
Tickets for the Big Weekend, will be released for sale on 01 May 2012. However, those wishing to indulge themselves with the VIP treatment can purchase Platinum Passes, giving access to the events site, Main Arena viewing area and the VIP suite, in addition to a number of complimentary drinks during the weekend.
All applications can be made through the Manchester Pride website www.manchesterpride.com and click on get involved.
To find out more about Manchester Pride and this year’s festival you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride
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