ROLL up, roll up – Manchester’s circus-themed Pride is coming to town.
Get ready for an extravaganza of music, entertainment, colour and fun. Here’s how to get involved.
Alamy Angels parade through Manchester city centre
When is Manchester Pride 2018?
This year’s Manchester Pride runs for four days from Friday, August 24 to Monday, August 27.
The annual celebration of the LGBTQI+ community is comprised of a number of elements – from the Big Weekend music and entertainment festival to the Parade.
Celebrations culminate in a candlelit vigil on August 27.
Alamy A Coronation Street float joins in the fun at Manchester Pride’s 2011 event
How do you get tickets?
You can buy tickets on manchester-big-weekend.com that cover entry to the Big Weekend and Pride Parade.
Tickets for the whole weekend cost £28.00, plus a £2.80 booking fee. You can buy a maximum of eight tickets per person.
Day tickets cost around £18.50 on Friday, £20 for Saturday and Sunday and £12.50 for Monday.
Elite tickets are also available for £110 and £150.
A new addition to the festival is the Superbia Weekend, a free to attend alternative to the Big Weekend.
The programme includes art, literature, music, sport and theatre in family-friendly spaces.
There are also hardship day tickets available to people who are unemployed, on a low income or over 65. A limited number are released every day.
Spectators can also watch any events that pass through the city – such as the parade – without entering the city’s gay village in Canal Street, where many of the events are taking place.