It’s Manchester Pride month, and we are kicking it off with the ultimate guide to PRIDE.
We asked Manchester pride, Pride lovers and LGBT employees for the low down on how to prepare for the biggest party of the year… The Big Weekend!
What to bring on the day
Manchester Pride: Yourself and your mates, your best dance moves and big smiles! Don’t forget the essential items; keys, money, lippy!
Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten anything, there is a market and shop on site, plus we’re in the city centre so nothing is too far away.
Helen Milestone, TCA: Bring water, sun cream and your phone, with my sensible head on J
What events not to miss!
Manchester Pride: There will be lots going on over The Festival! Check out some huge names on the Thomas Cook Airlines USA Stage, including Melanie C, Clean Bandit, Pixie Lott and Liberty X.
The Gaydio Dance Arena is a really cool space and with DJs like Faithless and Danny Howard appearing dancing is guaranteed.
The Sackville Gardens Boutique stage is a great place to see some up and coming acts and to have a little chill out.
And of course, don’t miss The Parade, it’s a true spectacular and brings the whole city to a standstill!
How to beat the crowds
Manchester Pride: Top tip is to exchange your pledge band as early as possible. If you’ve not bought your ticket yet, just select the option to have the pledge bands sent straight to your door.
Thomas Cook Airlines: Get there early! Particularly to the parade, it’s important to get a good spot as there will be plenty of fantastic freebies up for grabs from our pilots and cabin crew.
How to purchase tickets
Manchester Pride: Go to festival.manchesterpride.com and click “Buy Tickets”, easy
Accommodation tips and travel tips for people outside of Manchester
Manchester Pride: We work with some great hotel partners throughout the city and list them on our site: http://festival.manchesterpride.com/information/where-to-stay-in-and-around-the-city
The Festival takes place right in the heart of Manchester city centre, which is easily accessible by road, rail and air!
Bar and club recommendations
Manchester Pride: The Big Weekend is within Manchester’s Gay Village and they will no doubt be pulling out all the stops, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Bar Pop, 10 Canal Street – Open every day, until the early hours, Bar Pop is home to everything Pop!
G.A.Y Manchester – One of the most famous club franchises in the world
The Molly House – for great food and beer in a relaxed atmosphere
Any other tips you might have to make the weekend go smoothly
Manchester Pride: The weekend is a lot of fun, so we recommend that you have a wander around the Village and experience lots of different things that are going on! Plus, be safe.
Helen Atkinson, TCA: Dress for the weather! Plus drink lots of water and spend the week before getting as much sleep as possible – that way you can party all night and ensure it’s an unforgettable weekend!