Manchester Pride The Big Weekend 2018 Sponsors

Manchester Pride is here! and we are returning as headline sponsor of Manchester Pride The Big Weekend for the fourth year in a row – so look out for us at the parade on the 25th August 2018.

As well as sponsoring the four day event, we will also be sponsoring the Main Stage – renamed the Thomas Cook Airlines Stage – which will see the likes of Rita Ora, Sigala, Jake Shears, Pete Tong and Louise perform in front of thousands on festival goers. 

We will continue to work closely with the charity which brings tens of thousands of visitors to the city each August bank holiday weekend.

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Manchester Pride Parade 2017 with Thomas Cook Airlines.
Images by Gareth Jones

Once again we will show our support by taking part in the Manchester Pride Parade as it marches proudly through the city.  Visitors to The Big Weekend will get up-close and personal with representatives from the airline at The Expo, including cabin crew and pilots.

Manchester Pride Parade 2017 with Thomas Cook Airlines.
Images by Gareth Jones

Festival visitors can also find out all-things Thomas Cook Airlines, from recruitment opportunities to flight destinations from those who live and breathe the industry on a day to day basis.

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Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said; “We have true partners in Thomas Cook Airlines who continue to be committed sponsors of one of our flagship events. Last year we saw them emblazon a rainbow heart on one of their planes to illustrate their support for LGBT+ through the world. I know that this is an important partnership at the heart of their business and would like to personally thank them for their continued enthusiasm and support as we plan for The Big Weekend 2018.”



Chief Group Airlines Officer, Christoph Debus, said; “We love Manchester. It is our UK headquarters and we are proud to once again sponsor Manchester Pride’s The Big Weekend in 2018.

We will celebrate the amazing diversity of this city and all of our communities, and show that Manchester is an exciting hub that we connect to the most beautiful destinations around the world.

We have direct long-haul routes from Manchester to the USA including our newest addition, Seattle, which will take-off for the first time in May this year – 2018 is definitely one to celebrate!”

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