28th August 2021
The Manchester Pride Parade is a march for equality and one of Manchester Pride Festival's most highly anticipated events. Thousands of people march proudly together through the streets of Manchester in front of tens of thousands of supporters and allies cheering them along the way. 2019's Manchester Pride Parade was our biggest and boldest yet, with a whopping 200 organisations, over 14,000 people marching and tens of thousands spectators filling the streets with colour!
Whilst the Government announced an end to restrictions on 19 July, there were guidelines issued to support the safe delivery of large scale events. Unfortunately, we are extremely sad to say that following this announcement and subsequent COVID safety advisory group meetings, we recognise that it is not possible for us to deliver the much loved and anticipated Parade in 2021 in the usual format.
As we have a duty of care to our staff and our audiences, we recognised that, due to the nature of the event, it is not possible to follow these guidelines when bringing hundreds of thousands of people together in Manchester City Centre for the Manchester Pride Parade. We do not feel this is the right thing to do just now.We are instead proud to be hosting a series of special Equality Marches on Saturday 28th August, where participants will get the opportunity to join us in keeping the spirit of Pride alive and furthering our campaign for LGBTQ+ equality here and around the world.
The Equality Marches
will take place on Saturday 28 August 2021
and will give you the opportunity to take part in a way which feels comfortable and safe for all participants. There will be five marches, each limited to a maximum of 400 people per march
, offering the opportunity for up to 2,000 people to take part overall
If you have already signed up for the parade this year, we invite you to put forward 10 people to march across the day. Marches will also be open to the general public who will be able to reserve their places via our website.
We will be releasing more details on how friends and family may come and watch those participating in the Equality Marches, but please remember that as our city experiences increasing infection numbers, we must ask you not to come and watch the marches without following the pre-booking booking process that we will outline shortly.
to read our full statement dated 21st July regarding this year’s Manchester Pride Parade.
More information on how to take part will be available soon. We understand that you may have many questions about this announcement and we will do our best to answer them as quickly as possible. Please get in touch with us via email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.