Manchester Pride Parade entrant FAQs
When Is the Manchester Pride Parade?+
The Manchester Pride Parade 2024 will take place on Saturday 24th August and starts at Midday.
Where does the Parade take place?+
At this stage, we are unable to share the 2024 Parade route. Please check back soon!
What is this year’s theme?+
The world famous Manchester Pride Parade returns to the Manchester Pride Festival and this year we’re ‘Buzzin’ to be Queer’!
The iconic worker bee, deeply rooted in Manchester's history, emerges as the focal symbol for this year's Pride Parade theme - ‘Buzzin’ to be Queer - A Hive of Progress’. Dating back 150 years to the industrial revolution, the bee has evolved beyond a mere emblem; it has become a powerful representation of Mancunians' hard work ethic and the bustling energy that defines the city as a hive of activity. As we celebrate ‘Buzzin’ to be Queer - A Hive of Progress’ the ‘Progress Bee’ becomes more than a symbol; it becomes a call to action. It reminds us that, just like worker bees collaborating in a hive, LGBTQ+ communities and their allies can achieve great things when united. The bee symbolises not only the hard work that has defined the city's history but also the ongoing commitment to progress, inclusivity, and equality that Manchester Pride champions.
So, let the bee guide us, buzzin’ with the collective energy of a community that knows the strength found in togetherness. As we march in the Parade, let's embody the worker bee spirit and create a hive of progress where everyone can thrive.
If I’m not part of a registered group but I want to walk in the Parade, what can I do?+
We are looking for creative and expressive volunteers to represent Manchester Pride and be part of the parade’s opening group - the Parade Troupe. Volunteers will attend workshops to learn costume and prop making, dance, and more before then joining us on Saturday 24th August as we march through the city of Manchester as part of the Parade. You can register your interest here.
How much does it cost to participate in the Parade?+
Pricing will vary depending on how your entry is categorised - the pricing will be detailed in the application form.
How can my organisation take part in the Parade?+
Applications for the 2024 Manchester Pride Parade are now live! You can access the form here.
What are the entry organisation categories?+
LGBTQ+ or HIV Organisation/Community Group: LGBTQ+ and HIV Community Organisations and community groups. This does not include LGBTQ+ corporate and political party networks, these networks should apply for a category that reflects their organisation.
Non LGBTQ+, Not for Profit:
Non-profit organisation that’s not LGBTQ+ or HIV led. This includes any LGBTQ+ networks within a non-profit organisation, but does not include LGBTQ+ networks within Commercial Businesses. To meet this category, you cannot have a turnover of more than £6.5million or a balance sheet total of more than £3.26 million.
Public Sector or Public Service: Public sectors include the public goods and governmental services such as the military, law enforcement, infrastructure, public education, along with health care and those working for the government itself, such as elected officials.
Greater Manchester Independent Business: An independent business is a business that is not inextricably associated with another business through common ownership, affiliation, sharing of employees, facilities, equipment, profits and losses. This category is only associated with businesses within Greater Manchester.
Commercial Organisation: Commercial organisation means an organisation, institution, corporation, or other legal entity.
What are the walker/vehicle entry categories?+
You will be able to select from the following:
A: Walking Entry (includes up to 50 walkers)
B: Walking Entry (includes up to 100 walkers)
C: Walking Entry (includes up to 150 walkers)
D: Vehicle Entry (includes up to 25 walkers)
E: Vehicle Entry (includes up to 75 walkers)
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 who arrive on the day and have not previously registered to participate in this year’s parade.
What is your co-branding and sponsorship policy?+
Manchester Pride requires approval for organisations participating in the parade utilising co-branding with corporate businesses. While we understand the importance of funding and support for your participation, it is crucial that all branding and sponsorship arrangements are communicated and approved by Manchester Pride. Therefore, we kindly request that if your organisation intends to use co-branding or sponsorship from corporate entities to fund your entry in the parade, you must inform us in advance. This will allow us to review and approve such arrangements to ensure they align with the values and objectives of Manchester Pride. Failure to adhere to this request may result in restrictions or exclusion from participating in future Manchester Pride events. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter as we strive to maintain the integrity and inclusivity of our parade.
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.
Can I submit my application if I don't know all of the information?+
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 email@example.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 not been approved until you receive confirmation, so we would not advise spending any money on your entry until this point.
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 within 30 days. If your invoice remains unpaid prior to the Parade, you will not be able to take part.
What happens if there are changes to our circumstances and I need to change our application?+
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your new details and we can amend your application for you.
Can I request additional walkers after I have been accepted?+
This is subject to availability and you will be charged. We will not allow any additional walkers who turn up on the day to walk in the parade.
When will I receive information about what to do?+
You’ll receive an Information Pack once you are accepted into the parade. This will include all the information you'll need to start preparing your parade entry. As we get closer to the time and we have confirmed all the details of the Parade, you will recieve an updated Information Pack that will include the parade route and other key 'on-the-day' information. We will aim to get this information to you as soon as 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 and ask that you submit these during the application process.
Does the participant number include the driver of the float?+
Yes, please include all members of your party when considering the number of participants.
If I want to bring music on a trailer, will this be classed as a vehicle entry?+
Manchester Pride welcomes walking entries with trailers propelled solely by human power (pushed or pulled by individuals walking in the entry) or pedal power (attached to a bicycle or similar pedal-powered vehicle). Please note that trailers accompanying walking entries must not exceed a length of 2.5 metres and a width of 1.5 metres.
Will Manchester Pride Parade provide a float for me?+
Manchester Pride doesn’t provide any vehicles/floats. Your group will need to source your own.
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 I bring my dog to take part in the parade?+
In the interest of animal welfare, pets are not permitted along the Parade Route. This unfortunately includes service animals. Please note this is for both Vehicle and Walking entries.
What happens if I withdraw from the Parade?+
For a full refund or for your invoice owed to be cancelled, cancellation must be made via email before 30th April 2024. For 50% refund or to reduce your invoice by 50%, cancellation must be made by 31st May 2024. For a 75% refund or to reduce your invoice by 25%, cancellation must be made by 30th June 2024. Cancellations after this date will be non refundable and you will be charged your full invoice. Applications that arrive after these dates are non-refundable. If you do not show up on the day and you have not notified us of your withdrawal, you will still be charged in full.
It’s important that you inform us as soon as possible, if you are no longer able to march with us, so we can give other organisations on the waiting list the opportunity to join.
What are the vehicle height, width and length restrictions?+
Due to new regulations, your Vehicle/Float Height can be no more than 4.0 metres. All floats will pass under Metrolink’s live electrical wires on Peter Street, therefore any floats on the day that exceed that height limit will not be permitted entry to the parade. Please note that this height restriction includes decorations.
Vehicle/Float Length can be no longer than 11 metres.
Vehicle/Float Width can be no wider than 2.8 metres.
Does the Parade wristband give you access to the Gay Village Party?+
The parade wristband only gives you access to participate in the parade with your group. the tickets to access the Gay village party are sold separately. If you are interested in purchasing a Gay Village Party ticket please click here.
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.
Are bikes permitted in the parade?+
Manchester Pride is committed to ensuring the safety and inclusivity of all participants in its annual parade, so whilst pedal bikes and mobility scooters are permitted, E-Bikes and E-Scooters will not be permittted.
Can I hand out flyers and other promotional material?+
Yes, however if you are handing our promotional material you will require a license from Manchester City Council: you can apply here. Please note we are unable to apply for a license on your behalf. Please note that 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 bring banners?+
Yes, please do! We encourage our entries to bring banners that show our crowds who you are and what your message is.
Do I need to complete a Public Liability Form?+
Public Liability Insurance is designed to offer protection to individuals, businesses and non-commercial organisations against claims for injury or damage, for which they are found legally liable. The policy will cover claims from any members of the public, clients or customers (‘third parties’) suffering from an accident/incident, while on business premises or elsewhere, in the event you or your business is found to be liable. If your business has made an error or omission which leads to an incident it is likely that this could result in a public liability claim.
Any community group in the absence of a Public Liability Certificate will need to complete a Public Liability Disclaimer.
Please submit your Public Liability form/disclaimer here. Manchester Pride asks that entrants who are able to provide public liability certificates or Disclaimers by 19th July.
What are the 2024 Parade Award Categories?+
The 2024 Manchester Pride Parade will have certificates awarded for:
Best overall entry 2024: This category celebrates the entry that overall displays the most vibrant and visually stunning decorations, capturing the essence of pride and bringing this year’s theme to life.
The Joyful Award: This award recognises the individual or group of walkers who exude the most infectious joy, radiating positivity and enthusiasm throughout the parade.
Earth Warrior Award: This award goes to the group that has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness during the Manchester Pride Parade.
Activism Award: This award celebrates the group that has demonstrated exceptional dedication to advancing LGBTQ+ rights through impactful activism, be it grassroots initiatives or advocacy work.
It is important for us to be able to recognise and salute your effort and support in joining us on the Manchester Pride Parade.
'Buzzin to be Queer’ award: This award goes to the float that best represents the spirit of unity by showcasing diverse identities, cultures, and backgrounds within the LGBTQ+ community, platforming themselves as well as others. This award celebrates the collective efforts in creating a vibrant, inclusive, and progressive atmosphere, akin to the harmonious workings of a hive.
How can I volunteer to support the Parade?+
Without the invaluable support from our incredible volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do for LGBTQ+ communities across Greater Manchester. To learn more about volunteering, visit our website here.
How can I sponsor or support Manchester Pride?+
Sponsors play a crucial role in the success of the Manchester Pride Parade, contributing not only to the vibrancy of the event but also to the broader goals of promoting LGBTQ+ visibility, inclusion, and supporting community initiatives. The financial support from sponsors allows for the subsidisation of entries for LGBTQ+ charities and organisations, creating a more diverse and representative parade. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact our Sponsorship and Partnerships team at email@example.com.