Manchester Pride Festival is a ‘party as protest.’ We're a part of the largest LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the world, celebrating queer people, culture and expression as loudly and publicly as possible in a refusal to hide in shame.
Pride has grown exponentially in its 50+ year history as a movement for queer liberation. But the fight is far from over.
With LGBTQ+ youth increasingly experiencing bullying, self-harm and homelessness and the recent rise in anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes, it’s more vital than ever that Manchester Pride celebrations remain strong.
The famous Manchester Pride Parade is the city’s biggest parade, grinding traffic to a halt as tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ people and their allies march together for equality. Thousands more line the streets to spectate on the spectacular parade of colours.
The Candlelit Vigil
The Candlelit Vigil provides a moment of reflection to remember those we have lost to HIV. The Vigil also presents an opportunity to stand together unified against the discrimination and stigma that LGBTQ+ people still face today.
Manchester Pride Festival
Taking place across the full August Bank Holiday weekend, the Manchester Pride Festival hosts a variety of events, some free to attend and others require you to purchase a ticket.
Manchester Pride hosts a diverse range of events all year round supporting intersectional LGBTQ+ communities, spanning community events, queer arts and culture, events curated especially for LGBTQ+ youth and more.
The Manchester Pride Festival 2024 takes place from 23th - 26th August.
How much money from every Manchester Pride Festival ticket goes towards the Community Fund?
£2.50 from every pledge band purchased goes directly to the Manchester Pride Community Fund to help LGBTQ+ good causes in Greater Manchester.
Do I have to pay to enter the Gay Village over Manchester Pride Festival?
Manchester Pride Festival offers a packed programme of events over the August Bank Holiday weekend, such as the Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride MCR, Family Pride MCR, the Parade, the Human Rights Forum and more, all of these are free with the exception of the Gay Village Party which is ticketed.
Manchester Pride is a charity and the cost of a Gay Village Party ticket helps Manchester Pride deliver a safe, community pride celebration. You can see how every penny of your ticket is spent by heading to our website, and remember that every ticket includes a £2.50 ring-fenced donation to Manchester Pride Community Fund.
Plus we've programmed an incredible day of entertainment at the Gay Village Party on Monday 28 August which is FREE to attend, you'll just need to make the £2.50 donation to the Manchester Pride Community Fund.
Pledge Bands allow you to experience everything the Gay Village has to offer over the weekend, and some venues will be operating a No Pledge Band No Entry policy.
Manchester Pride holds licenses to host celebrations in certain areas of the Gay Village, and your Gay Village Party ticket includes access to these stages and programmed areas including Sackville Gardens, MancUnity Stage and the Cabaret Stage.