Tens of thousands of people flocked to the city centre this month for the seventh annual Manchester Day; a celebration of the city focusing on the theme Eureka!
The theme was chosen to reflect Manchester’s place as a centre for scientific endeavour, and to celebrate the city’s status as this year’s European City of Science.
A parade of floats based on ideas from 80 local community groups took over Deansgate on Sunday 19 June, with concepts made real by collaborating artists.
“I’m always impressed by the sheer number of things to marvel at during Manchester Day,” said Chair of Manchester Day Councillor Pat Karney
The scope of the day required thousands of combined hours of preparation from artists and performers on the day, and Cllr Karney praised the ambition of the event.
He added: “The mind boggles at the hours that must’ve gone into creating each of the artworks and all the costumes – but to watch 2,000 people dance down Deansgate is unforgettable”.
People from all over Manchester flocked to the parade and city squares to take in the displays, and onlookers were encouraged to get involved with the hash-tag #MCRDay.
The parade gave a stage for some ingenious creations; such as event mascot Albot2 with her time machine, and the audience influenced aerial display representing pain ‘Come Pain or Shine’.
Liz Pugh, Producer at parade organisers Walk the Plank, said the day had been a ‘fantastic shared experience’ which provided an ‘exciting way for community groups to be seen and heard’.
TNT Arts & Culture