Manchester Day 2018 Arrives Bigger, Bolder and Bee-tter
Yesterday, Manchester’s city centre was brought to colourful life when we celebrated the city’s ups and downs in history and as a multicultural community. This year’s theme The Word on the Street celebrated the city’s spearheading voice in history from the 18th century’s industrial revolution to present day.
A riot of proud Mancunians came together to watch over 1,500 people taking part in a parade that saw our iconic Manchester bee take flight down Deansgate and through Albert Square amongst many other decorative floats.
— Manchester Day (@manc_day) June 17, 2018
The lead float depicted Manchester’s honorary need to protect the planet: with a polar bear stranded on a melting ice cap. This theme was also featured in Manchester Young Lives’s section which showed sea creatures floating in plastic waste.
Among the people taking part in the parade was the Pankhurst Trust waving their Suffrogate banners to celebrate the late 19th and early 20th-century movement.
Children and families watched from the sidelines as a green Boggart stomped down the streets to symbolise the Legend of Boggart Hole Clough in Manchester.
The rich colours and costumes of Filipino, Mexican and South Indian communities were adored by everyone as they paraded in celebration of the multicultural city Manchester has sustained itself to be.
We were spoilt with an array of performances by the talents of our community in Manchester. Heavy Beats, who worked with New Orleans musician Keith Frazier to develop their street sounds, supported by the Royal Northern College of Music’s bands, showcasing the fantastic musical talent of their students.
Internationally-renowned artists and guests from other countries, including Nigeria and Egypt, came to see how Manchester puts on this spectacular show every year. They were also a part of the show.
Inclusivity, collaboration and participation is what drives this celebration, with most participants representing the city’s diversity of cultures.
— Inzy Rashid (@inzyrashid) June 17, 2018
Many people took to Twitter using #manchesterday
Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day said: “It’s an absolute joy to see the faces of everyone involved and the faces of the crowd who are loving it as much – if not more – than the people parading down Deansgate.
“It’s never been more important to celebrate our great city, and celebrate the huge diversity that makes Manchester a wonderful place to work, live and play. Today we show the world that it’s our differences that make us great and we will never forget that.”
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