The WORD ON THE STREET is that Manchester Day was incredible!

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets today (Sunday, 17 June) to experience the annual city-wide celebration of Manchester with this year’s theme – THE WORD ON THE STREET

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets today (Sunday, 17 June) to experience the annual city-wide celebration of Manchester with this year’s theme – THE WORD ON THE STREET

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The huge crowds created a wonderful atmosphere as they enjoyed the fantastic floats, amazing costumes, musicians and more than 80 local community groups who weaved their way down Deansgate, through Albert Square and performed across multiple city square locations.

Setting the scene for this year’s WORD ON THE STREET theme, the lead float represented the need to protect the planet: with rising seas, giant sun and a polar bear stranded on a melting ice cap. Protecting the environment featured heavily in Manchester Young Lives’ section which showed a giant octopus and other sea creatures floating in a sea of plastic waste.

Protest and poetry both featured in the parade – from Lemn Sissay’s poem Invisible Kisses which inspired Manchester School of Samba, to the Suffragette banners of the Pankhurst Centre.

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Children loved the scary green Boggart, created with the Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project; and everyone loved the fantastically rich colours and costumes of the Filippino, Mexican and South Indian communities.

Now customary for Manchester Day, the event spilt over to the public squares as the creative canvas was stretched across the city centre for the afternoon.

The crowds were spoilt by a spell-binding array of performance and entertainment – along with delicious food – in Albert Square, St Ann’s Square and Cathedral Gardens.

Heavy Beats, who worked with New Orleans musician Keith Frazier to develop their street sounds, supported by Arts Council England’s Elevate investment; the RNCM bands, showcasing the fantastic musical talent of their students, and #We Stand Together’s giant 3D crossword.

Commissioned by Manchester City Council, and produced by local outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, Manchester Day is now in its ninth successful year and has evolved into so much more than a parade.

The driving principle behind this hugely popular civic celebration is inclusivity, collaboration and participation, with contributions from groups representing the city’s diverse spectrum of cultures.

The event has also attracted internationally-renowned artists and guests from other countries, including Nigeria and Egypt, who have come to see how Manchester puts on such a huge celebration, and also to be part of the show!

Many took to Twitter using #manchesterday making the day a truly international party.

For more information visit: www.manchesterday.co.uk or join the conversation on Twitter via @manc_day.

Don’t forget the photo competition is open until 5pm on Monday 25 June for the chance to win some incredible prizes. Visit www.manchesterday.co.uk/competition to find out more.

Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “Nine years in and the spectacle of seeing more than 1,500 people parade through the city centre never fails to amaze me. The colour, the sound, the artwork and sheer creativity of it all is simply astounding.

“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.

“Manchester you have done us proud once again.”

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Liz Pugh, Producer at Walk the Plank, said: “So much hard work goes into the parade with many thousands of hours of glueing, painting, sewing dancing and rehearsing in community centres across the city in the weeks beforehand.

We are so grateful to all the participants and volunteers as well as the artists and council team who make this wonderful free event so magical.

We’re already excited about the tenth-anniversary parade, in 2019, and we would love to hear people’s ideas for the theme next year.”

The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh
The ninth Manchester Day 2018 parade celebrating the theme: Word on the Street! Photo Credit: Mark Waugh

The parade also received significant private sector sponsorship with presenting partners Manchester Airport and BT.

Other sponsors include Redgate, Biffa and Turner and Townsend.

Our other supporters were: RCP Parking, Matt and Phreds, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Utilities Design and Planning Ltd.

Media partners were Global Radio and MEN Media.

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