Family Pride MCR is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for families to come together in a fun, enriching and empowering space, where families of all kinds can express themselves freely.
This fantastic free event in Partnership with Proud 2 b Parents is part of the iconic Manchester Pride Festival, and delivered a day filled with laughter, music, performances, and all-around fun for everyone.
Sponsored by TUI and co-designed with Fatt Projects, a queer performance company renowned for its vibrant and joyful celebrations of diversity, Family Pride MCR 2023 encapsulated the essence of unity, empowerment, and positive change within the community.
At Manchester Pride, we believe in celebrating the diverse and evolving nature of families in today's society. LGBTQ+ families, single-parent households, same-sex parents, adoptive families, foster families, and multiple family homes all deserve to be seen, heard, and loved. Our mission with Family Pride MCR is to ensure that the stories we share with children reflect the beautiful world they live in - a world where all families are valued and embraced. The event offers vital representation and visibility to families that don’t always see themselves reflected in heteronormative society, and we’re proud to offer children and families a friendly space to meet, connect and celebrate pride in a way that’s designed just for them.
What you can expect at Family Pride MCR
Family Pride MCR promises an exciting day filled with festive parties, engaging play areas, and awe-inspiring performances, tailored to resonate with LGBTQ+ families, parents/carers, and children alike. Attendees can look forward to an energetic mix of music, crafting, party games, sing-a-longs, and a rainbow disco, showcasing performances and artists that champion love, self-expression, and individuality.
This year, we showcased an incredible line-up of performers and artists, including cabaret, hula hoopers, and more, celebrating love, self-expression, and all the things that make us unique - with a big dose of glitter thrown in for good measure!
Highlights included:PALAVER Party by Fatt Projects
: A flamboyant performance party designed especially for kids (and their grown-ups too). Featuring drag, cabaret, performances, fabulous discos, and creative workshops, the PALAVER Party is an experience like no other.Mini Pride Parade
: We created our very own mini pride paradeCrafting:
Glue and glitter galore, attendees got creative and crafty with their whole family Rainbow Disco for All
: Attendees danced the day away at the joyous rainbow disco, creating unforgettable memoriesLINE-UP:
- Ginny Lemon
- Family Catwalk Extravaganza Pride Remix
- Lady Bushra
- Hula Hooping with Symoné
- Fatt Butcher
- Blu Romantic
- Cake Boi
Other activities available for children included a baby sensory area, baby noise making workshop, and story time in Book Nook Library. The Great Northern Warehouse hosted an indoor extended play space in the Atrium with lawn games, table tennis and colouring, a quiet zone, feeding area, pram park and changing facilities.
TUI at Family Pride MCR
We are very proud to have the support of leading travel company TUI at Family Pride MCR. TUI will be bringing the holiday vibes, providing festival-goers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in beach-inspired activities. Featuring the famous Captain T from TUI kid's clubs, as well as spaces for families to kick back and relax.Proud 2 b Parents
Manchester Pride have partnered with fellow LGBTQ+ charity, Proud 2 b Parents
who will support the delivery of the Family Pride MCR with information stall, LGBTQ+ children’s book stall and directing families to all the activities on site. Proud 2 b Parents is also hosting a Parade viewing area again for LGBTQ+ families to enjoy the parade from an inclusive and welcoming area overlooking deansgate.Fatt Projects
"Fatt Project’s work for families is all about celebrating yourself, having a great time, and bringing the whole family together for an unforgettable party. It feels more important now than ever to ensure that children and families are a key part of pride celebrations, so we can let young people know that all kinds of families are loved, celebrated, and part of our community. We can’t wait to see everyone there; so get your dancing shoes out, stick on a sequin or ten, and come join us for a fantastic day!" ~ Adam Carver, Director of Fatt Projects