FAQs
About the Manchester Pride Charity
What is Manchester Pride?+
Manchester Pride is a charity which creates platforms for queer visibility, helps to bring people together to celebrate LGBTQ+ life and campaigns for inclusion and equality across Greater Manchester.

We have four big goals:

  • Campaign for the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality at home and abroad. To educate the people of Greater Manchester and beyond to recognise, understand and challenge discrimination against all LGBTQ+ people.
  • To stage an annual world class pride celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester. This is called Manchester Pride Festival and includes things like the Parade, Candlelit Vigil, Gay Village Party, Youth Pride MCR and more.
  • Raise awareness and support for LGBTQ+ mental health. To increase the levels of social engagement and wellbeing by celebrating cultural activities for, by and with LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and to work with organisations to improve the mental health of LGBTQ+ people.
  • Make packages of support, including grants, available for LGBTQ+ community groups, organisations, events and causes in Greater Manchester.
How does Manchester Pride operate?+
Manchester Pride is a charity. Like many charities, we get our income from a variety of sources including donations, some grants, and through the delivery of Manchester Pride Festival over August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Our August Bank Holiday celebrations meet a key charitable objective of ours, are a celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester and exist to campaign for greater LGBTQ+ equality.

In order to do this, we have a subsidiary trading company which is called Manchester Pride Events Ltd. It is a not-for-profit company. This company is registered with Companies House, is fully audited and is what’s called a wholly owned subsidiary. That means any surplus generated by the company is given directly to the charity which owns it.

Manchester Pride Events Ltd organises Manchester Pride Festival for the charity. All staff work for the Charity to deliver its charitable goals.

It’s common for charities to have trading companies which generate income (it’s how many of the charity shops you see on the high street operate). In the case of Manchester Pride, our trading company doesn’t run shops - it runs a four day event celebrating LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester.

Our August Bank Holiday celebrations are our biggest source of income, which supports us to deliver all of our other charitable objectives.
Where does Manchester Pride get its income from?+
The charity gets its income from a variety of sources including direct donations and some grants. However, the main source of income to enable us to deliver our charitable objectives comes from its not-for-profit trading company, Manchester Pride Events Ltd, which organises Manchester Pride Festival each summer.
Does Manchester Pride make a profit?+
The Manchester Pride Charity is of course, a charity and has no shareholders. It generates its income in a variety of ways including donations and income gifted to it from the surplus generated by its wholly owned and not-for-profit trading company, Manchester Pride Events Ltd. Manchester Pride Events Limited delivers Manchester Pride Festival over August Bank Holiday weekend.

All income generated by the charity is retained by the charity to help it deliver its charitable objectives.

Alongside funding LGBTQ+ causes across Greater Manchester, Manchester Pride delivers its own projects and initiatives to enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Every penny we raise is reinvested into supporting LGBTQ+ communities, celebrating LGBTQ+ life and campaigning for the further advancement of LGBTQ+ equality.
What other projects and initiatives does Manchester Pride deliver?+
In addition to the delivery of Manchester Pride Festival, the Manchester Pride Charity also delivers the below;
  • Grassroots Community Grant programme available for LGBTQ+ groups, organisations, projects, initiatives, LGBTQ+ artists and causes across Greater Manchester.
  • The All Equals Charter to create a consistent approach to inclusion across the board so that all LGBTQ+ people have equal opportunities in the workplace.
  • Superbia, our year-round calendar of queer arts and culture designed to support, curate, fund and promote LGBTQ+ events throughout Greater Manchester.
  • We also deliver a year round programme of projects to support LGBTQ+ people and communities, including our Youth Pride MCR workshops, Community Sessions and and Skill Share Workshops.
When people donate to Manchester Pride, where does the money go?+
When people give us a direct donation (by that we mean a donation of money they’ve raised or money put in a donation box), that money is always redistributed to our charity partners and to our grassroots community groups through our grant distribution programme. It does not go towards cover the running costs of the charity.
Does Manchester Pride fund grassroots organisations?+
Yes, absolutely! Local LGBTQ+ grassroots community groups provide vital support and opportunities for our communities. In addition to supporting our charity partners and funding LGBTQ+ events in Greater Manchester through our Arts & Culture programme, Superbia, we also provide financial and practical support to empower grassroots organisations and help them flourish. Previous grant recipients include Greater Manchester Prides (Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Stockport, Salford Pink Picnic and Didsbury), Sexuality Summer School, Vogue Ball at Queer Contact, Trans Creative, Queer Media Festival and lost more.
How do Manchester Pride's August events operate?+
Since 2018, the Portland Street Strategic Regeneration Framework meant that is was no longer viable to deliver Manchester Pride Festival in the Gay Village alone. It is now a city-wide celebration of LGBTQ+ life.

Our attendees come to the event for many different reasons and they have a choice about how they attend and what they would like to pay for. They can choose to attend the Gay Village Party, our only ticketed event, or they can choose to attend the many free events over the weekend including the Candlelit Vigil, Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride MCR, Family Pride MCR, the Human Rights Forum and the Manchester Pride Parade.
What benefits do Manchester Pride's August events bring?+
Our events over August Bank Holiday provide a very visible way for queer people to be out and proud in Manchester. Whether your view of pride is a protest or party (or both!), our events provide numerous ways you can get involved. They also provide a platform for the community to be able to fundraise for good causes.

Some other benefits that you might not be aware of:

  • Ours is the only UK Pride event to have a dedicated festival for young people (Youth Pride MCR). 
  • We create opportunities for LGBTQ+ people and allies to gain skills. Each year we train more than 250 volunteers to be a part of the celebrations.
  • We provide a platform for LGBTQ+ artists from Greater Manchester – giving them access to a large audience and the oxygen of publicity.
  • We procure services and supplies from LGBTQ+ owned business across the city-region.
  • Manchester Pride's August Bank Holiday events make a £34 million impact and contribution to the economy of the city of Manchester.
General
What dates does Manchester Pride Festival take place?+
Manchester Pride Festival takes place over August Bank Holiday weekend each year. This year's event takes place from 26th - 29th August.
Can I bring dogs to Manchester Pride Festival?+
Events at the Gay Village Party and crowd capacities can make the event site a very noisy and uncomfortable place for dogs. In the interest of protecting the welfare of animals, we would strongly advise against bringing your dogs to our evening events spaces where there is very loud music or performances taking place. 

We would encourage you to bring your dogs to Ginny Lemon's Dog Show at the Gay Village Party. This space will be taking place in Sackville Gardens during the daytime, and will therefore be quieter with grassy areas and spaces to sit. 

Assistance dogs are of course permitted to enter all of our event spaces.
How do I make a complaint?+
If you wish to send a complaint or feedback, please email info@manchesterpride.com. We will aim to respond to complaints within 28 days, with a further 28-day extension added if a more in-depth investigation is required. The deadline for complaints received regarding Manchester Pride Festival is 30th September each year.

* Please note that complaints over social media are not monitored by our complaints processing team.
Events
Manchester Pride Parade+
Applications for the Manchester Pride Parade are now open! 

We are looking forward to welcoming back Parade participants in floats and walking entries from groups across the region. 

Applications will close on 28 June 2022 but they may close sooner if the Parade is full, so we advise you to apply early if you’d like to take part.

We have made some key changes to the Parade application process for 2022 and these are highlighted below. Detailed information can be found in the below FAQs or in the Parade application form
  • We have combined Non-Funded and Funded LGBTQ+ organisations into one category - LGBTQ+ organisations - which will allow more LGBTQ+ groups to walk for free.
  • We have increased the cost of Commercial entries which will subside the additional free entries for LGBTQ+ organisations.
  • We have introduced a new ‘Greater Manchester Independent Business’ category.
  • We have increased the cost for vehicle entries to encourage more groups to go Green and march in the Parade, rather than hire large vehicles.
When will the Manchester Pride Festival line-up be revealed?+
We're working hard behind the scenes to bring you another fantastic line-up for 2022! We're are taking the necessary time to ensure we can continue to stage world-class celebrations for the community to enjoy. 

Stay tuned to our social media channels and be sure to click the bell icon and turn on notifications so that you're the first to know when our line-ups are released.
How is best to travel to Manchester Pride Festival?+
Travelling by train? 

The closest train stations to the event are Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road.

Travelling by tram? 

The easiest way to get to and from Manchester Pride Festival is using Metrolink.

Nearest stops:
  • For Gay Village Party: Piccadilly Gardens
  • For the Parade: Deansgate Castlefield & St Peters Square
Travelling by bus?

Take a bus to Manchester Piccadilly Gardens. From there, the Gay Village Party event site is a two minute walk and just across the road.

Travelling by plane? 

From Manchester Airport, you can take a train or the Metrolink tram to Manchester Piccadilly. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Piccadilly Gardens from the airport.
Where should I stay over August Bank Holiday weekend?+
There are many different accommodation options within walking distance of Manchester Pride Festival. You may wish to book a hotel, a B&B, an Airbnb or stay with friends over the weekend.

Check out our social media channels in the run-up to the event where we'll be sharing details of our hotel partners, including some fantastic deals!
How do I apply for a Market Stall at Manchester Pride?+
Market Stall Applications at Manchester Pride Festival are now open! Find out more and apply HERE.
How do I take part in The Expo at Manchester Pride?+
Applications for The Expo at Manchester Pride Festival are now open! Find out more and apply HERE.
How do I apply to be a Food Trader at Manchester Pride Festival?+
Applications for Food Traders at Manchester Pride Festival are now open! Find out more and apply HERE.
Accessibility
What provisions do you have in place for customers with access needs at Manchester Pride events?+
Please see our Accessibility hub here on our website which will provide you with the information you need to ensure an enjoyable experience at Manchester Pride events.

We have a dedicated access team on site at Manchester Pride Festival to assist our customers, along with other provisions such as British Sign Language Interpreters on our stages, accessible toilets as well as downloadable resources made available prior to the event that customers can bring with them over the weekend.

Will there be an Accessibility team on site at Manchester Pride Festival?+
Yes! We have a dedicated Accessibility team on site at Manchester Pride Festival across August Bank Holiday weekend who will be able to assist customers with any individual access needs.
Do you offer Carer/Personal Assistant tickets for the Gay Village Party?+
In our commitment to making Manchester Pride Festival accessible to everyone, we provide ticket holders with a disability that require full-time assistance, with a complimentary ticket for their carer/personal assistant. Carer/Personal Assistant Tickets are limited to 1 per applicant. We kindly ask that you purchase your own Gay Village Party ticket online first, and then complete our form to request your complimentary Carer/Personal Assistant Ticket. Visit our Accessibility hub to find out how to apply.
Do you provide alternative access routes at the Gay Village Party?+
Manchester Pride is aware of the limitations and restrictions of making the Gay Village Party event site fully accessible due to the nature of the location of the event, and so we work to provide alternative access for our customers where access is restricted.
Will there be BSL interpreters at Manchester Pride Festival?+
We ensure that British Sign Language interpreters are present at Manchester Pride Festival stages and events. They are usually located on the left of our stages. Please check back soon for further details on BSL interpreter schedules.
Gay Village Party Ticketing
Where can I find your ticket Terms & Conditions?+
Please read our Ticket Terms & Conditions in the footer of our website before purchasing your Manchester Pride pledge band.
I am having problems with buying my ticket. Who do I contact?+
All of our ticketing is dealt with through our ticketing agent, Ticketmaster, and therefore we do not hold any customer ticket data/ Please contact Ticketmaster's customer services directly so that they can deal with your enquiry.
Who do I contact with ticketing enquiries?+
All of our ticketing is handled by Ticketmaster. Please use their customer service help page for help with your enquiry, and get in touch with their customer service team with any further questions regarding your purchase.
What do I do with my ticket? Do I need a wristband?+
Prior to or upon arrival at Manchester Pride Festival, you’ll need to swap your ticket for a Pledge Band. This can only be done at the Box Office, which is located at SIP Major Street Car Park right next to the Gay Village from Friday 26th August.

BOX OFFICE OPENING TIMES: 

Friday 26th August - 12pm - 12am
Saturday 27th August - 12pm - 12am
Sunday 28th August - 12pm - 12am
Monday 29th August - 12pm - 6pm
* Box Office open on Monday for collection of free Monday tickets

Please note:

• Gay Village Party tickets are either Mobile tickets or physical tickets purchased from Gay Village Venues.
• All tickets must be swapped for Pledge Bands at the Box Office.
• Pledge Bands are placed on wrists, and therefore each attendee must collect their own Pledge Band. 
• When you choose Mobile Tickets, your tickets will not be emailed to you or available for print.

MOBILE TICKETS:

• To use your ticket, please download the Ticketmaster App on your device and access your event order.
• Underneath your ticket, click ‘add to wallet’. This will mean the ticket can be accessed quickly when you arrive at the Gay Village Party without the need to use the internet.

I have bought my ticket online but I can't download it?+
All mobile tickets have now been issued. If you are experiencing technical issues with your ticket, please contact Ticketmaster for assistance. 
Is there an option to receive pledge bands in the post?+
All tickets will be E-tickets and each individual will need to visit the box office to exchange with a pledgeband.
Can I purchase tickets in any Gay Village shops or bars this year?+
There will be a limited allocation to purchase Gay Village Party tickets in some of the Gay Village businesses. Currently, tickets are on sale in New York New York and Clone Zone in the Gay Village.
Can I buy VIP tickets?+
Unfortunately, all VIP tickets are sold out for this year.
Will you be releasing any more tickets?+
There are currently no plans to release any more tickets that may have sold out. Please keep an eye on our socials for more information about further tickets becoming available.
I can't see a specific ticket type on on Ticketmaster. Why?+
If tickets are no longer appearing on Ticketmaster, they have sold out. However, we would advise that you continue to refresh and visit the web page, as resale tickets can become available at any time. There are also a limited number of tickets available in Gay Village bars such as New York New York, and there will be tickets available on our Box Office opening Friday 26th August.
How do I claim my low-income tickets after being accepted?+
Once we have informed you that your application has been accepted, we will be in touch to give you details on how to claim your Low Income ticket, but don't worry - it will be reserved for you to claim.
Can I collect a Pledge Band for someone else?+
For safety reasons and to ensure that Pledge Bands are going to the correct person, the Box Office staff need to see each individual ticket holder and they will place the Pledge Bands on each person’s wrists. Please make sure all of your party is present to grab their own Pledge Bands. We will of course make exceptions for accessibility reasons.
Is there an age restriction on tickets?+
Nope. Gay Village Party tickets do not have any age restrictions and customers of all ages are welcome to join the event. However, there may be some events or activities which may be restricted to over 18s and ID checks will be carried out at the entrance to event areas. If you’re attending with your family, then we do have a Family ticket option available to purchase from our ticket agent.
Do you have any family tickets?+
We have a fantastic offer for families at Manchester Pride. Firstly, Family tickets are valid for either X2 adults and X2 children, or X1 adult and X3 children (aged 3 - 15) years old with babies in arms aged 2 and under not requiring a ticket. We also have a dedicated event for Rainbow families called Family Pride MCR which is free to attend, and lots of fun for your little ones!
We are a family of 5, the family ticket only covers a family of four. What is the best course of action?+
Your family ticket covers 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. You will need to buy an additional adult ticket to cover the additional family member.
Can I enter with a family ticket even though I'm/we're only [1/2] adults?+
Yes. With a Family Ticket, you will still be able to gain access to the Gay Village Party, regardless of the attendance of children.
Can I upgrade my ticket on the day from a weekend ticket to a VIP ticket?+
Unfortunately we do not offer ticket upgrades, so if you'd like to attend as a VIP then you would need to purchase a VIP ticket. We're afraid that all VIP tickets are sold out for this year.
Is there a discount on tickets for NHS staff?+
Manchester Pride is a charity that is committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond. All of our work must support this mission, which means we are unable to offer discounts to non-LGBTQ+ groups.
What is happening with my roll over ticket? Can you confirm how I will get it?+
If you were unable to attend Manchester Pride Festival in 2021 due to Covid-19 and we agreed to roll over your tickets to 2022, please don't worry! We haven't forgotten about you and we will be in touch with more information soon.
What provisions do you have in place for customers with access needs?+
We have an Accessibility hub on our website here which will provide you with the information you need to ensure an enjoyable experience at Manchester Pride.

We care deeply about inclusivity. Manchester Pride is aware of the limitations and restrictions of making the Gay Village Party event site fully accessible due to the nature of the location of the event, and so we provide alternative access where access is restricted.

At the Gay Village Party, we offer a free Carer/Personal Assistant Ticket for all customers with access requirements. Customers with a disability that require full-time assistance should purchase their own ticket, and then head apply for a complimentary Carer/Personal Assistant Ticket. Once applied for, our dedicated accessibility team will be in touch closer to the event to introduce themselves and confirm any access requirements.

We have a dedicated access team on site at Manchester Pride Festival across August Bank Holiday weekend who will be able to assist with any individual needs. This is in addition to other provisions such as British Sign Language Interpreters on our stages, accessible toilets as well as downloadable resources that customers can bring with them to our events.
Can I bring a bag into the event?+
We understand that people may wish to bring a bag or may need to bring a bag for personal reasons, and that’s absolutely fine. However, we would ask you to only bring a bag if it’s really necessary, as this may delay your entry into our arenas. 

Customers with access needs are of course more than welcome to bring a bag to our events.

Our main goal is to keep everyone safe, and so everyone will be subject to search on entry to event areas. We ask you to please cooperate with stewards who are conducting searches as they are trying to keep people safe.
Do I have to arrive by a certain time?+
You’ll need to check the opening times of the Box Office prior to arriving at the Gay Village Party to make sure you can exchange your ticket for a Pledge Band, but once you’ve got your Pledge Band you’ll be free to come and go as you please.

Once inside the Gay Village, Manchester Pride operated venues have individual operating times, and last entry for a staged area will be 30 minutes prior to the end of the performance times.

If you want to attend a particular bar or venue within the Gay Village, it would be best to check with them on their last entry policy.
What happens if tickets sell out?+
We have a limited number of tickets available for each day and for the weekend. We calculate our safe capacities to include the number of people attending including day tickets and weekend tickets and so there are different amounts available for each.

If a particular ticket type is sold out then unfortunately we will not be releasing any more tickets, but you can grab a ticket for another day or enjoy the weekend if those are still available.
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 Gay Village Party, the Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride MCR, Family Pride MCR, the Parade, the Human Rights Forum and more.

The Gay Village Party is our only ticketed event, meaning that Manchester Pride's programmed areas within the Gay Village, such as our performance stages and event spaces, require a ticket to attend.

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.

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.
I can’t attend anymore. Can I give my ticket to someone else?+
Tickets to Manchester Pride are non-transferable and non-refundable and tickets can only be refunded if the event does not take place in full. Our ticketing agent, Ticketmaster, has a fan-to-fan resale option which can be found within your Ticketmaster account so if you can’t attend the event for any reason, our first recommendation would be to head to your account and resell to someone who does want to attend. This way, the transactions will happen easily, safely and securely within Ticketmaster.
My favourite artist or performers has cancelled. Can I get a refund?+
Manchester Pride has an incredibly diverse and varied programme of events, artists and performers and your Pledge Band will give you access to an amazing array of talent.

When you buy a ticket to the Gay Village Party, you’re not just buying a ticket to see any particular performance but you’re enabling us to stage a world class celebration and support the LGBTQ+. We do not offer refunds if any particular event, artist or stage is cancelled (and sometimes this happens as it’s live events!) but we’d recommend going to find some other incredible talent that’s bound to be on the stage.
What happens if an area in the Gay Village or a stage is too busy?+
Safety is the most important factor for us. We work with the responsible authorities, Manchester City Council and our Safety Advisory Group to agree safe capacities in all areas of the event. We have a team in place to monitor capacities across the whole site and so there maybe times when certain areas are closed or you may be redirected around the Gay Village. This is for the safety of everyone at the event.

The streets of the Gay Village will be crowded and we have a crowd management plan that is constantly being assessed 24 hours a day. If an area doesn’t look busy to you, there may be a reason it’s closed due to something else happening elsewhere on the site. We know it may be frustrating if you have to wait to enter a certain area or venue, but we ask you to please be patient and follow the directions of stewards for everyone’s safety, and rest assured that it will be a temporary closure and will be part of a wider plan incorporating the whole of the event.
I’ve lost my Pledge Band at the event. Can I get a replacement?+
We are unable to offer replacement Pledge Bands, refunds or exchanges if you’ve lost or broken your Pledge Band so please be careful and keep yours safe. If you lose your Pledge Band then you’ll need to buy another from the Box Office.
Can I bring alcohol with me?+
There are plenty of bars within our staged arenas with super quick service, so we won’t be allowing alcohol purchased outside the event to be brought into our staged areas. We also ask that all glass bottles and containers be left at home as we have a strict no glass policy in the public areas for everyone’s safety.
What ID should I bring to buy alcohol?+
Manchester Pride Festival bars operates a Challenge 25 Policy, so you may be required to present proof of ID on entry. We only accept a valid and in date passport, driving licence or national proof of age ID card that displays the PASS hologram.
Can I smoke in the arenas at the Gay Village Party?+
Whilst we know that some of our staged and programmed areas are outside and open to the elements, we ask that you do not smoke within any of the staged arenas as many of our non-smoking guests have expressed their desire for the arenas to be smoke-free. It is against the law to smoke in enclosed spaces so no smoking is allowed in the indoor stages, but please extend this to the outdoor arenas too.
I’m not keen on being in any official photos. What should I do?+
We want to capture the best of Manchester Pride Festival and so we will have photographers across the weekend taking pictures and videos to capture the celebration. If you do not wish Manchester Pride to use your picture, please inform the photographer and they’ll happily keep you out of shot.
Can I bring a drone?+
Unfortunately not. Please don’t bring a drone to the event as it is dangerous to fly drones in and around the event. We’ll be taking lots of official photos and videos, so leave this bit to us and you can enjoy yourself. 

We’d also ask that you don’t bring anything that can be seen as weapon, horns or loudhailers, musical instruments, fireworks or flares, flagpoles, glass including perfume bottles, aerosol cans, spray paint, drugs including Nitrous oxide, selfie sticks, laser pens or anything else that may be a danger to the public or cause nuisance.
I have a complaint. Who should I contact?+
We hope that all our visitors have the best time at Manchester Pride Festival, but if you wish to send a complaint or feedback, please email info@manchesterpride.com and quote your booking reference number. Our team is usually very busy wrapping up everything after the Festival, so we aim to respond to complaints within 28 days, with a further 28-day extension added if a more in-depth investigation is required. The deadline for complaints received regarding Manchester Pride Festival is 30th September each year following the event. We ask everyone to treat our team with respect when dealing with complaints.
Manchester Pride Parade entrant FAQs
When is the Parade?+

The Parade takes place on Saturday 27th August and commences at midday.

Where does the Parade take place?+
The Parade takes place each year within the heart of Manchester City Centre starting at the junction of Liverpool Road and Deansgate and ending on Fairfield Street. We will release a map of the route on our website ahead of the Parade.
What is this year’s theme?+
This year’s theme will be ‘March for Peace’, with the importance of peace in a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice at its heart.
How do I take part in the Parade?+
You can apply for your business or organisation to take part in the Parade by filling out our Parade Application Form.
Can I walk on my own?+

We don’t facilitate individual entries, but we can support you in finding an organisation for you to join and walk with. Alternatively, you can join the Manchester Pride Parade Entry as a Parade Trouper as a Volunteer and we will be announcing details shortly. 

What time does the Parade start?+
The Parade usually commences at 12pm. Depending on your position within the Parade you may be waiting up to 90 minutes after this before leaving the assembly area.
How long is the Manchester Pride Parade?+
Once you’ve set off on the route, it usually takes each entry 60-90 minutes to travel the route.
How is my Parade entry categorised?+

We want to invite more LGBTQ+ organisations to join us to march through the streets of Manchester and so we have reviewed our entry categories for 2022 which will mean more LGBTQ+ organisations and groups will be able to participate for free. 

When applying, please review the different categories below to see which category you should apply for:

New Category: LGBTQ+ Organisations:
Previously we had differentiated between LGBT+ or HIV community groups or organisations that do not receive any funding from any source and those that do. From 2022, all LGBTQ+ groups will be categorised as such where they receive funding or not. There has been a slight increase in cost to Commercial entries to subsidise smaller LGBTQ+ organisations taking part.  

Non LGBTQ+ or Not for Profit:
A not-for-profit organisation or community group whose vision and mission is not focussed specifically around supporting LGBTQ+ people.

Public Sector:
Organisations providing all public services in the UK, from the emergency services and healthcare, education and social care to housing and refuse collection.

New Category: Greater Manchester Independent Business
We want to encourage our local communities to join the Parade but understand that there have been financial barriers in the past for small businesses based on Manchester to take part. Therefore, we have introduced a new category for Greater Manchester Independent Businesses and if you are unsure if you qualify then please contact us before applying.

Small Business:
Businesses that employ less than 50 people. 

Commercial organisation:
Businesses that employ more than 50 people.

 

How much does it cost to enter?+

Pricing will vary depending on how your entry is categorised - the pricing will be detailed in the application form. 

Application Period 1: 15 April 2022 – 16 May 2022

Application Period 2:  17 May 2022 – 28 June 2022

All applications close on 28 June 2022

What information do we need to provide to get accepted into the Parade?+
The online application form will ask questions including who is completing the application, whether you intend to walk or have a vehicle as part of the entry and if you plan on having music. We are also asking organisations to let us know how they support LGBTQ+ people year-round aside from taking part in the Parade, to ensure that organisers are genuinely supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Are there any age restrictions?+
No, there are no age restrictions for people to join our Parade but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Can anyone turn up on the day to take part?+

All participants in the Manchester Pride Parade must be a part of a registered group. We cannot facilitate people arriving on the day with previously registering.

Can I bring banners?+
Yes, please do! We encourage our entries to bring banners that show our crowds who you are and what your message is.
Can my organisation/business sell to spectators along the Parade route?+
As outlined by our Commercial Engagement Policy, The Manchester Pride Parade is not a marketing opportunity to sell to an audience and selling wares along the Parade route is not permitted.
Can I hand out flyers and other promotional material?+
Yes, but you will need to obtain a licence from Manchester City Council. You can find more information by clicking here.
Does Manchester Pride Parade provide a float?+
Manchester Pride doesn’t provide any vehicles/floats. Your group will need to source your own.
Does the participant number include the driver of the float?+
Yes, please include all members of your party when considering the number of participants.
Can we bring our dog on our float or in our Parade entry?+
In the interest of protecting animals and their welfare, pets are not permitted anywhere along the Parade Route or on Parade entry floats. If you must bring a dog to the Festival, please bring them to Ginny Lemon's Dog Show at the Gay Village Party where there will be less crowding, reduced noise levels and grassy areas.
What type of generator should we get?+
We advise you to get a portable, electric generator which is up to 10kVA. We do not allow petrol generators to be used in the Parade.
Can children walk alongside a vehicle?+
Children under 10 years of age must be seated and wearing a seat belt if travelling in a vehicle. We would prefer children to be in a vehicle for their own safety if possible.
Can we choose where we are located in the Manchester Pride Parade and who we are next to?+

We have many factors to consider when assigning the Manchester Pride Parade order such as accessibility requirements, groups with small children, avoiding conflicting sound and more. We will try our best to accommodate any requests but we cannot guarantee any position.

Do I get complimentary tickets to Manchester Pride Festival for taking part in the Parade?+
Unfortunately not - taking part in the Parade does not entitle entrants to tickets and these must be purchased separately if you wish to attend the rest of Manchester Pride's festivities over August Bank Holiday weekend.
I don’t have all the information available for the application form, should I still apply?+
If you’re certain you want to take part in the Parade but don’t have all the information, then we would advise you to complete the application form as soon as possible as the Parade may fill up by the time you return to fill out the form. If details have changed after you have applied, then we can amend your application if you contact us. Please note that it may not be possible to amend the type of application i.e. walking or vehicle entry or the number of people taking part if we are already full for each category. 
Can you help me complete the application form?+
Of course! If you have any issues or need help completing the application form, please contact info@manchesterpride.com.
I’ve completed the application form - does that mean I’ve automatically been accepted?+
We assess every application individually prior to acceptance so once you have applied, our team will look at your application and email you once your application has been accepted. Your application has been approved until you receive confirmation so we would not advise spending any money on your entry until this point.
What happens if there are changes to our circumstances and I need to change our application?+
Please contact info@manchesterpride.com with your new details and we can amend your application for you.
When do I need to pay?+
Once your application has been received, the team will assess your application form and you will receive confirmation that your application has been successful. At this stage, you will receive an invoice from our Finance Team. The invoice will be due for payment immediately so we please ask that all payments are made promptly. If your invoice remains unpaid prior to the Parade, you will not be able to take part.
When will I receive information about what to do?+
You’ll receive an information pack as we get closer to the time and we have confirmed all the details of the Parade that we can then share with you. Please expect the information pack no later than 6 weeks prior to the date of the Parade but we will aim to get it to your as soon as possible.