Get ready for a weekend of fabulous fun! 


It’s nearly that time of year again! Manchester Pride is back! What began in 1985 from a £1,700 grant from the council has now turned into one of the UK’s most fabulous, exciting Pride events of the year.

Don’t worry if you’ve not had time to plan your weekend just yet! We’re here to give you all the info you need about Manchester Pride 2023.

When is Manchester Pride 2023? 

Saturday 26 August. 

What is this year’s theme? 

Queerly Beloved. The organisers describe it as “a celebration of love, community, self-expression, and the transformative power of dance”. 

When does the parade begin? 


What is the Parade route? 

The parade begins at the junction of Liverpool Road and Deansgate and ends on Fairfield Street. The whole route takes about 60-90 minutes to complete. 

How do I get to Manchester Pride? 

You can travel to Manchester Pride by the tram on Metrolink. The closest stops are St Peter’s Square, Piccadilly Gardens and Picadilly Station. You can also head in by bus. Planned strike action is due to impact First and Stagecoach bus services over the Pride weekend, so make sure to check your route before you travel! 

Will Manchester Pride be accessible? 

Manchester Pride aims to be as accessible as possible for Pride-goers. There will be two viewing platforms at the Gay Village Party and a Parade Viewing Area. There is also a Quiet Space available throughout the weekend if you need a break from the crowds located at Watershed Suite, Townhouse Hotel. 

There will also be BSL interpreters for all performances that have words or lyrics. 

Who is performing at the Gay Village Party? 

Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar, Jake Shears, and Drag Race icon Danny Beard. Drag Hero BIMINI will headline Trans Filth And Joy. Click here to get your tickets now. 

When is The Candlelit Vigil? 

Taking place in Sackville Gardens, The Candlelit Vigil brings the community together to remember those we have lost to HIV. This year’s Vigil will be taking place on Monday 28 August at 9 pm. 

What is Superbia? 

Superbia is Manchester Pride’s year-round arts and culture programme. Across Pride weekend they are hosting several free classes, workshops and performances to enjoy. Click here to read more

Where is the Youth Pride MCR? 

Designed for young people aged 14-18, Youth Price MCR will take place on Sunday 27 August at Circle Square from 12-7 pm. 

Where is Family Pride MCR? 

On Saturday 26 August, Great Northern Square will become home to Family Pride MCR. Running from midday – 6 pm, the event will host several family-friendly performances, workshops, and activities. 

When is the Human Rights Forum? 

Friday 25 August at 6 pm at the Alan Turing Stage in Sackville Gardens. 

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