Manchester Pride Festival is a ‘party as protest.’ We're a part of the largest LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the world, celebrating queer people, culture and expression as loudly and publicly as possible in a refusal to hide in shame.
Pride has grown exponentially in its 50+ year history as a movement for queer liberation. But the fight is far from over.
With LGBTQ+ youth increasingly experiencing bullying, self-harm and homelessness and the recent rise in anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes, it’s more vital than ever that Manchester Pride celebrations remain strong.
Power of protest
The famous Manchester Pride Parade is the city’s biggest parade, grinding traffic to a halt as tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ people and their allies march together for equality. Thousands more line the streets to spectate on the spectacular parade of colours.
The Candlelit Vigil
The Candlelit Vigil provides a moment of reflection to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS. The Vigil also presents an opportunity to stand together unified against the discrimination and stigma that LGBTQ+ people still face today.
Manchester Pride Festival
Manchester Pride August events take place across the full August Bank Holiday weekend. Some events are free to attend and others require you to purchase a ticket.
Manchester Pride hosts a diverse range of events all year round supporting intersectional LGBTQ+ communities, spanning community events, queer arts and culture, events curated especially for LGBTQ+ youth and more.
Free & Ticketed
Community Session: Hidayah
A chance for our LGBTQ+ communities and allies to meet and support one another. Community Sessions facilitate spotlight talks and activities around the amazing work of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ groups.
Providing an opportunity for attendees to expand their knowledge on LGBTQ+ communities and issues, whilst also offering practical tools and resources to drive change within organisations and as individuals, all year round.
Pride is something everyone feels proud of and can see a little bit of themselves reflected back in. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do and we'd love to show your Pride experiences. Tag your photos #ShowYourPride and you could appear here on our website.
Frequently asked questions
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The Manchester Pride Festival 2022 takes place from 26th - 29th August.
How much money from every Manchester Pride Festival ticket goes towards the Community Fund?
£2.50 from every pledge band purchased goes directly to the Manchester Pride Community Fund to help LGBTQ+ good causes in Greater Manchester.
Do I have to pay to enter the Gay Village over Manchester Pride Festival?
Manchester Pride Festival offers a packed programme of events over the August Bank Holiday weekend, such as the Gay Village Party, the Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride MCR, Family Pride MCR, the Parade, the Human Rights Forum and more.
The Gay Village Party is our only ticketed event, meaning that Manchester Pride's programmed areas within the Gay Village, such as our performance stages and event spaces, require a ticket to attend.
Manchester Pride holds licenses to host celebrations in certain areas of the Gay Village, and your Gay Village Party ticket includes access to these stages and programmed areas including Sackville Gardens, MancUnity Stage and the Cabaret Stage.
Manchester Pride is a charity and the cost of a Gay Village Party ticket helps Manchester Pride deliver a safe, community pride celebration. You can see how every penny of your ticket is spent by heading to our website, and remember that every ticket includes a £2.50 ring-fenced donation to Manchester Pride Community Fund.