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How you can attend Manchester Pride Festival this year

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Britains biggest annual gay event of the year is set to return to Canal Street this year following last years hiatus when the ceremony took place virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This article is everything you need to know about the Manchester Pride event.

We will discuss the importance of the ceremony, when it takes place and how you can get involved too.

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What is Manchester Pride?

Manchester Pride is an LGBTQ+ charity organisation that creates opportunities that engage LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester.

The first Manchester Pride parade took place on the 15th August 2003.

Their vision is to create ‘a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice.’

“We are a charity that campaigns for LGBTQ+ equality, creates opportunities for LGBTQ+ people & celebrates LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester.

We are committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond. We are part of a global pride movement that celebrates advancements in equality and challenges discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ people.”

– Who Manchester Pride are and their mission
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When does Manchester Pride take place?

Manchester Pride takes place annually during the last week in August during the bank holiday.

This years pride will take place between Friday 27th August to Monday 30th August.

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Where does Manchester Pride take place?

‘Manchester Pride Festival is held in several locations across the city. MCR Pride Live will take place in a brand new outdoor fully accessible city centre venue which will be announced soon. The Gay Village Party takes place in Manchester’s World Famous Gay Village centred around Canal Street.’

– Manchester Pride statement about the location of the pride event
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Manchester Pride returns

With the out of lockdown plan being established by the government last week many festivals could finally announce their plans to return and reunite the country.

Manchester Pride is one of the countries most visited and well respected events with over 170,000 people attending.

Although during the announcement, Manchester Pride confirmed that this years festival will be maxed at 50% capacity.

This is why tickets will be few to come by on a first come first serve basis, many people will be left disappointed if they sell out.

Here is the range of tickets that will become available tomorrow to secure you place.

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Manchester Pride 2021 tickets

Tickets for this years event will go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning (Thursday 4th March 2021).

For anybody who cannot afford to pay the full amount just yet, Manchester Pride has enabled a ‘Check the Buy Now Pay Later option at Checkout’ for tickets with a face value over £35 only.

There is a range of tickets available that you can purchase that include:

Manchester Pride Rainbow Passes

*These tickets cover both the festival and the Village Party element of Manchester Pride*

‘A brand new addition to Manchester Pride Festival in 2019, MCR Pride Live was held just a short walk from The Gay Village Party. Thousands of people partied their way through the weekend at our two day live music extravaganza. Keep an eye out for announcements about MCR Pride Live 2021. 

Please note that our plans for MCR Pride Live are based on the success of Englands Roadmap out of lockdown published by the UK Government on 22nd February 2021. We can’t predict the future and we know that we could find ourselves in a situation in the coming months where we are unable to deliver an in-person festival. Depending on the restrictions, this scenario would see us deliver some socially distanced, in-person live events. If this isn’t possible, we would deliver a series of digital parties. Read our Flexi-Promise here.’

– Manchester Pride summarising the festival element of the event

You can find out more information about these tickets and purchase them by clicking on these links on Thursday 4th March at 9am.

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Gay Village Party Tickets

*These tickets will give you entry into the cities famous gay village party but not access to the festival side of the event.*

‘The roots of Manchester Pride and the Festival are firmly in the heart of our world-famous Gay Village. Taking place over all 4 days of the bank holiday weekend, the Gay Village Party 2019 proved to be the ultimate street party celebration as the sun shone down on the much loved cobbled street.

Please note that our plans for Gay Village Party are based on the success of England’s Roadmap out of lockdown published by the UK Government on 22nd February 2021. As with MCR Pride Live, depending on the restrictions, if we are unable to deliver the Gay Village Party everyone knows and loves, we will host some socially distanced, in-person live events. If this isn’t possible, we will deliver a series of digital parties. Read our Flexi-Promise here.

– Manchester Pride summarising the Village Party element of the ceremony
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*New Addition* Low Income Ticket for Greater Manchester Residents

“Manchester Pride is delighted to announce a new Low Income Ticket for Greater Manchester Residents. The Low Income Ticket Programme offers a reduced ticket price of 50%. They will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and they will be on sale until 30th June 2021 or until they have sold out. For more information please visit here.”

– Manchester Pride announces

Here is how you can purchase a Low Income Ticket.

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Manchester Pride 2021 theme

“Manchester Pride’s vision of peace is to live in a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice. This year you are invited to join in a March For Peace as the overall theme for 2021.”

– Manchester Pride

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