Manchester Pride in August

PUBLISHED: 08:33 01 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 20 February 2013

The Parade

The Parade

Manchester pride is more than just a parade; it's an arts and music extravaganza too

Dance legends Chicane are amongst the stellar line-up that will be performing over the Manchester Pride Big Weekend from August 27th-30th.

Theyll be joining other acts including: Beverley Knight, Belinda Carlise, Liz McClarnon, Dragonette, Same Difference, Adam Rickett, Rowetta, Starman from Pineapple Dance Studios and Heaven 17, who will be celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Look out too for May68, The Sticks, Sam Gray, Four Poofs and a Piano, Heather Peace, Daniel Fox, Valentino King, Ellis, Horse, Rosie Legosi, Jonathan Mayor, Kelly Wilde and Ikenna.

Tickets for the Big Weekend are now on sale priced 17.50. Visit for details.

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: "Chicane is an act of international appeal and we couldnt be happier to welcome them to Manchester Prides Big Weekend. We think this is a perfect headliner for the weekend and we cant wait to enjoy some of their classic hits, as well the newer tracks."

Manchester Pride is Manchesters annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival, one of the largest events of its type in the UK. But lets not forget that it is also a mega fundraiser for local HIV charities and LGBT community groups. Last year, the festival raised 135,000 for charity- the largest amount to date!

Visit for details of these and more events and activities.


Pride Fringe- August 20th-26th

Manchester Pride Fringe is a great range of events celebrating the full diversity of LGBT life through art, sport, culture, comedy, music, youth, film and womens events. It is a showcase of the diversity and spirit of the LGBT community and the majority of the events are free.

The Parade- August 28th, 1pm
A carnival atmosphere will fill the streets of Manchester and is set to enthrall the thousands of spectators - young and old, gay and straight, friends and family, who come down to see the glamorous and outrageously fabulous people who take part.
This year, the parade has adopted a Through the decades theme, and will see floats from the likes of Coronation Street who will be getting involved as part of the shows 50th anniversary celebrations. Manchester Airport will also be joining the parade this year for the very first time.

Big Weekend- 27 - 30 August 2010
The Big Weekend covers 71 hours of great music, comedy, clubs, bars, markets and more.
Other acts confirmed include local Mancunians- May68, The sticks and Sam Gray. Of course, it wouldnt be Pride without Four Poofs & a Piano who will also be performing over The Big Weekend.

Candlelit Vigil- 30 August 2010, 9pm, Sackville Gardens
The Vigil is the spiritual heart of the Manchester Pride weekend and there is a truly magical and moving atmosphere as Sackville Park stands in quiet reflection in the flickering candlelight. A time to reflect and remember those who have lost their lives to HIV and Aids, and to join together to fight the epidemic world-wide.

Fringe Whats on

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
23 August until 26 August, 7.30pm
Spirit Bar, 63 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3WB, 5

The semi-autobiographical play by Larry Kramer focuses on the rise of the HIV/ AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.The story is seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

Fanny the Nun
25 August, 8pm . Vanilla, 39-41 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3WB. 5/4 | info:

Fanny is a girl who confides in her ma that she does not fancy boys; her ma is excited as this means Fanny has the calling to be a nun!

Camp Classics
First performance: 24 August, 7.30pm
Chorlton Library Meeting Room, Chorlton Library

Second performance: 25 August, 7.45pm | AXM Bloom Street
3 /2 concessions | info:
A celebration of gay life and experience over the years - the trials and tribulations, the energy and excitement, tales to make you laugh cry and cringe!

Lights, Camera, (Trans) Action
25 August at 7.30pm | Greenroom, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester |
A night of short films presented by MORF and TransForum Manchester focussing on Trans issues.

My Beautiful Laundrette
22 August, 3pm
The Parlour, Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3LZ | FREE

Film screening of 80s classic. Set in Thatchers London.

Get your Glee on!!
24 August,6.30pm | Venue TBC |
Heres an event for all dance Gleeks (we know youve been practicing the Single Ladies dance)! Nows your chance to learn all the best dance moves and grooves from the series, taught by professional dance instructor Drew Hubbard. No experience required. Pre-booking advised.

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