This year’s event – an exuberant celebration of a proud city, for its people, by its people – is based around the theme ‘10 out of 10’ as Manchester Day returns to the city centre for the tenth time.
Top marks will be awarded to the city as the event celebrates the best of Manchester’s people, cultures and communities and their astounding achievements in industry, science, music, fashion, education and sport.
Revelers will delight in a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and culture as community groups from across the city join the parade that has become the highlight of the day.
As always, music, dance and outdoor theatre will also spill over into the city centre squares for a full afternoon of family entertainment, food and drink – all of which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The mammoth task of creating the artworks, costumes and props will be produced once again by award-winning arts organisation, Walk the Plank, as more than 1,500 participants and volunteers from local communities, working with around 30 artists, will be bringing Manchester Day to life.
This year’s event will be inviting community groups and participants back to the event who have been part of the show over the last decade to help us celebrate 10 years of Manchester Day.
Despite its size and scale, sustainability is key to the event which aims to be as green as possible, recycling materials as much as possible along with a policy against petrol-driven vehicles in the parade.
Manchester Day’s green credentials were last year recognised in Manchester City Council Cultural Awards when Manchester City Council and Walk the Plank were nominated for the Promotion of Environmental Sustainability.
Manchester Day have confirmed that Manchester Airport will return as principal sponsor, along with continued support from Arts Council England (Ace). Further sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.