What is the Manchester Pride Parade?

The Manchester Pride Parade is an opportunity for you to get involved with one of the largest and most successful LGBT+ Parades in the UK. It’s your chance to show lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from all over the UK, Europe and further afield the very best that Manchester has to offer. The aim of the Manchester Pride Parade is to have fun, celebrate the LGBT+ community in Greater Manchester, the UK and overseas, and raise awareness of the inequalities and issues still facing LGBT+ people at home and abroad.

When is the Manchester Pride Parade?

This year, the Manchester Pride Parade is on Saturday 25 August 2018.

Is there a Parade theme this year?

Yes, we're very excited about this year's theme, 'The Circus of Acceptance' 
 
How do I apply & is there a deadline?

We recommend that you apply immediately as spaces are limited. Your application does not guarantee entry. Once applications are reviewed you will receive confirmation of your entry in to the Manchester Pride Parade usually within 21 days upon receipt of application. 

Who is eligible to apply?

We welcome Parade applications from groups within the LGBT+ community, LGBT+ and HIV charities and organisations, the public sector, educational establishments, small businesses and commercial organisations.

The Manchester Pride Parade provides the ideal opportunity to place your group or organisation in front of tens of thousands of people. An entry in the Parade places you at the heart of Manchester’s Pride celebrations and demonstrates your commitment to equal opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

If you are an individual and would like to take part in the Parade you can join the Manchester Pride Parade Troop.

What types of entry are permitted in the Parade?

We welcome both walking and vehicle entries in to the Parade:

Small/large walking groups

A walking entry can have up to a maximum of 50 walkers per entry.

Vehicle entries

Whether you enter a truck, van, car or motorcycle your entry also allows for up to 12 walkers alongside your vehicle (usually 6 either side).

Vehicle size guide

To help you tell us what size vehicle you're including in the Parade, use this very simple size guide:

  • Car or Small Van - length 2 metres
  • Medium Van (i.e. Ford Transit/Ambulance) - 2-4 metres
  • Large Van (i.e. 3.5 ton tail lift/box style Luton Van) 5-7 metres
  • Extra Large Van (i.e. 7.5 ton curtain sided vehicle/Fire Engine) 7-10 metres
  • Articulated lorry - length 12-16 metres
  • Special Vehicle - (double decker bus/tank/vehicles with trailers, etc)

Restrictions

Height restrictions apply for vehicle entries due to the Parade passing under live overhead electrical wires. As a guide, vehicles should be no more than 4.8 meters in height (think double decker bus height and you can't go wrong!). Walkers should also be mindful of the height restrictions if they are planning on using stilts and flag banners.

Can people ride on vehicle floats?

Many float entries include people travelling on open-sided vehicles such as flat-bed trucks. Whilst we welcome this, these have to be secure and safe for all passengers and spectators. As such we require all open sided trucks to have secure safety barriers both at knee height and waist height. These barriers can be either taut safety straps clamped to the vehicle or solid handrails fitted to the vehicle. A briefing pack will be sent out closer to the event for your reference.

How many vehicles or walking groups can I apply to take part in the parade?

You can have a total of 1 (one) entry in the parade. This is to ensure we are able to accommodate the number of applications we receive. Special consideration will be given to requests for more than one entry. Please email events@manchesterpride.com if you are requesting more than 1 entry in to the parade. Requests will be considered but not always granted, to ensure fairness.

Is there a restriction of the number of walkers per entry?

We can allow up to 50 walkers as part of 1 walking entry. If you require more walkers, you can request a second walking entry up to a maximum of a further 50 walkers, bringing the total number of walkers to a maximum of 100 per organisation. Requests will be considered but not always granted, to ensure we are able to offer all applicants a place in the parade.

If you have a vehicle entry, you can have people travelling on the vehicle (as long as it is safe to do so) as well as 12 walkers alongside the vehicle (usually 6 each side). If you require more walkers you can request an additional walking entry of up to 50 walkers as part of your entry. Requests will be considered but not always granted, to ensure we are able to offer all applicants a place in the parade.

Each extra additional entry is charged separately. Due to number of spaces available, we regret we may not be able to honour any additional requests. 

How much does it cost to enter the Parade?

There are a number of different pricing categories available depending on the type of organisation/business you belong to.

Category 1

LGBT+ and/or HIV Community (non- funded)

Most Parade entries fall under this category, which is for members of the LGBT+ community. This includes LGBT social or sporting groups and LGBT community organisations that are not government or employer funded.

*If you would like to make a donation to cover administration costs please feel free to do so.

Category 2

LGBT+ and/or HIV Community (funded) - £80 + VAT

This category is for any LGBT+ and/or HIV organisation that receives funding from any avenue. Entries to this category must ensure that the sole purpose of their entire organisation is to support or serve LGBT+ and/or HIV Communities.

Category 3

Non LGBT+ /HIV Charity/Not For Profit - £225 + VAT

This category is for charities and not-for-profit organisations that are not LGBT+ groups that are part of a larger organisation that is not purely LGBT+ and/or HIV orientated.

Category 4

Public Sector/Services - £290 + VAT

Entries to this category are all service-based organisations within the community.

Category 5

Small Business - £525 + VAT

Whether you wish to specifically target the LGBT+ sector or the wider public, Manchester Pride is the perfect event in which to participate and the parade, in particular, offers access to the largest and widest audience of the weekend.

Please note, a small business is classed as 50 or fewer employees within the overall business portfolio (including franchises). 

Manchester Pride expects that small business entries should set a high quality production standard. Your entry should include a prominent message of support for the Manchester Pride Parade and the LGBT+ community and be in keeping with this year's Parade Theme, "Circus of Acceptance."

Category 6

Commercial Entry - Price on Application

The Manchester Pride Parade has welcomed a number of commercial organisations over the years, placing businesses and brands in front of thousands of spectators. Tesco, Citroen, Manchester Airport, Thomas Cook Airlines, RBS, Barclays, Selfridges and Mini are just a few who have taken part, demonstrating their commitment to equal opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans employees and customers alike.

Manchester Pride expects that Commercial entries should set a high quality production standard. Your entry should include a prominent message of support for the Manchester Pride Parade and the LGBT+ community and be in keeping with this year's Parade Theme, "Circus of Acceptance."

Can I hand out marketing and promotional material during the Pride Parade?

Manchester City Council has introduced a scheme whereby people wishing to distribute free printed matter in designated areas have to apply for consent from the Council. The new controls on the distribution of free printed matter are intended to prevent flyers, handouts and pamphlets from being discarded and becoming litter. The effect of the Order is that any persons wishing to distribute free printed matter must apply to the City Council for prior consent and it will be an offence liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (£2,500) to distribute or cause to be distributed free printed matter without such consent. In order to apply you will need to complete an application form and return it along with the appropriate fee to Manchester City Council.

For enquiries contact: Manchester City Council, The Licensing Unit, Environmental Crimes Unit, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 3NZ. By email: licensing@manchester.gov.uk By Telephone: 0161 234 4512 By Fax: 0161 957 8396 By Textphone: 0161 234 4505

Any more questions?

If you have any further questions then please email us or call 0161 831 7700.