The Charity that organises Manchester Pride has confirmed that the award-winning LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) festival will light up the streets of Manchester from 17 – 27 August 2012.
Now in its 22nd year, the festival consists of four elements, Pride Fringe, The Big Weekend, The Manchester Pride Parade and the George House Trust Candlelit Vigil.
Running from 17 – 23 August, Pride Fringe will present a colourful programme of arts, music, heritage, culture and debate, with around 40 events taking place, the majority of which are free to attend.
The August Bank Holiday sees the return of the Big Weekend; a four-day party in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village. From 24 – 27 August, visitors will be treated to a programme of live entertainment across three stages, along with community exhibition areas and village markets. All ticket prices have been frozen and early bird weekend tickets start at £15.00 with day tickets priced at £12.50, available to purchase from 01 May.
The vibrant Manchester Pride Parade will again weave its way through the city centre on Saturday 25 August from 1pm. The ten-day celebrations close with the George House Trust HIV Candlelit Vigil in Sackville Gardens on Monday 27 August at 9pm.
Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, John Stewart said: “This will be my first Manchester Pride at the helm and we are working hard to bring together a great programme of events and activities as part of the festivities. The event has made its home in Manchester’s Gay Village and echoes the diverse and colourful LGBT community we have in our city”
“Continuing to raise six figure sums for charity, year on year, Manchester Pride is undoubtedly the most successful Pride event in the UK and we look forward to being loud and proud in Manchester again, and inviting the rest of the UK to enjoy our celebrations.”
Last year’s events raised over £105,000 which has been distributed to LGBT and HIV charities, groups and organisations in Greater Manchester.
To find out more about Manchester Pride and this year’s festival you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit the website at manchesterpride.com
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