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Manchester Pride Parade 2021: Garden of Freedom

We're delighted to announce that the theme for Manchester Pride Festival from Friday 27th August - Monday 30th August will be Garden Of Freedom, as we look towards bringing LGBTQ+ people back together to stand together and to push forward in the fight for freedom.

We are calling on the LGBTQ+ people of Greater Manchester and their allies to reunite after a time when the world as we knew it stopped and freedom was halted, but the campaign for equality continued.

LGBTQ+ people have faced setbacks in the fight towards freedom and equality after the pandemic has impacted access to vital services such as those for mental health, which has seen a disproportionate effect in particular for young LGBTQ+ people.

Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said: “This year’s festival will be one to remember after over a year of LGBTQ+ people facing tough times and further isolation during the period of lockdown, we can now once again, reunite. Our city has always taken a leading role in the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality and we’re looking forward to welcoming LGBTQ+ people and their allies back to our annual festival.”

“We aspire to support every single LGBTQ+ person within our varied communities and let them know, that no matter how difficult the year has been, we have maintained our commitment to our vision of a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice.”

The Manchester Pride Parade

The Parade begins on Liverpool Road, passing by the Town Hall and the Gay Village before finishing on Whitworth Street.

The Parade, which will have the advised restrictions in place in line with government advice on August 28th, will welcome back participants in floats and walking entries from businesses and community groups across the region, in one of the festival's most highly anticipated events. People will be once again able to march proudly together through the streets of Manchester.

Manchester Pride Parade applications will open on Tuesday 1st June from 12pm and will remain open for 30 days. We are looking forward to welcoming back Parade participants in floats and walking entries from businesses and community groups across the region. Spots in this year’s Manchester Pride Parade are of very limited availability, so we would encourage organisations, businesses and individuals to get their applications in as soon as possible.

Listening Groups

We are committed to ensuring that our festival is diverse, inclusive and representative of the whole LGBTQ+ community. We will hold a number of listening groups and workshops throughout the year for LGBTQ+ people to discover how they can get involved and join the Garden Of Freedom.


Manchester Pride Festival in partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays, takes place over four days in Manchester city centre every August Bank Holiday (27 - 30 August) and is made up of six key elements, extending the reach of the LGBTQ+ event even further and creating new touch points for all LGBTQ+ people across Greater Manchester and beyond.
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