Celebrate Manchester Day - June 20th

How will you celebrate in the city?

Manchester’s doing something a bit mad. This month it’s celebrating itself. On June 20 there’ll be a carnival atmosphere in the city centre, as thousands line the streets to watch the first ever Manchester Day parade.Out of This World is the theme, which is all about celebrating the city and making us all feel proud of where we live.

The unique day been masterminded by the internationally renowned events organizers, Walk the Plank  who’ve been working with professional artists to bring loads of exciting ideas to life, creating floats, music and costumes which the organizers say promise to be truly other-worldly.

Walk the Plank achieved fame through an enormous range of outdoor events and installations the company specialize in extraordinary large scale events and past projects have included production of the magical lantern element of the Closing Ceremony of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, Toronto’s Winter Festival and the Singapore Arts Festival.

They tour internationally and closer to home have premiered new works at Streets Ahead, the Garden of Delights and most recently staged the Art Car Parade.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure said, ‘We wanted to create an event that not only celebrates the city but which also involves the very people who make it such a great place - the people who live and work here.  I know that Mancunians will step forward with their can-do attitude and help make Manchester Day a real success.’

Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesperson and chair of the Manchester Day Parade steering group added: ‘This is a first in the UK and will touch all corners of Manchester. It’s our chance to showcase, to the rest of the world, what’s great about our city.’

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For more information visit www.themanchesterdayparade.co.uk

Things to do to celebrate Manchester Day1. Visit a city art gallery or museum.

2. Round off the parade with a meal or drink in one of the great bars and restaurants in the city.

3. Catch the city based Library Theatre's last production, The Importance of Being Ernest, before it moves to the Quays at the Lowry.

4. Indulge in Manchester delicacies like Lancashire hotpot and hot Vimto in the Sculpture Room at Manchester Town Hall.

5. Stroll around the Northern Quarter and see how this old Victorian area of the city has been fashionably transformed.

6. Go on a shopping spree in the posh shops in Exchange Square.

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