After a decade of wowing the crowds it seemed fitting that the anniversary theme of Manchester Day was ‘TEN OUT OF TEN.
For ten years the communities which make Manchester such a special place to live and work came out in their droves to be recognised for the contributions they make.
For ten years Manchester Day has continued to grow and grow to become one of the most popular and meaningful days on the city’s bursting calendar.
This year’s parade saw over 40 community groups take part in a colourful pageant representing the rich cultural diversity of Manchester, each of whom created their own individual response to the theme 10/10. The scene was set with a fantastic lead piece celebrating the spirit of modern Manchester made up from participants from all of the groups who took part in the parade.
A wide-range of subjects, themes and achievements were brought to life in a range of incredible floats and costumes. Manchester Splash Community Swimming Club chose to celebrate Ethel Sunny Lowry, the first woman to cross the English Channel while One Eyed Theatre from Oldham showcased the industrial heritage of the city with their steam punk-inspired mix of cogs and wheels.
Meanwhile, a diversity of cultures were represented by a wide-range of groups including Anamika celebrating the festivals of Bangladesh; the Colibri Mexican Folkdance UK group; The Manchester Chinese Centre; the Filipino Anglo Club; the Indian Association Manchester; KYSO from the Caribbean and the British Pakistani Cultural Association.
Once again, the parade was enhanced by a strong line up of international artists who, this year, joined the Wow! Workshop creative teams from Brazil, Croatia, Egypt and Kerala.
For this year’s festival sustainability was built into every aspect of the carnival. As Manchester tries to become one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the UK, and carbon neutral by 2038.
There was a complete absence of floats being driven by petrol-powered vehicles. Everything in the parade was pushed, pulled and cycled, and many of the parade pieces had been recycled and up-cycled or created using sustainable materials.
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Photo Credit: Mark Waugh