Tens of thousands of people lined the streets on Sunday June 18 to experience the city-wide celebration of Manchester with this year’s theme – ABRACADBRA.
The huge crowds created a magical atmosphere as they enjoyed the fantastic floats, amazing costumes, musicians and more than 80 local community groups who weaved their way down Deansgate, through Albert Square and performed across multiple city square locations.
A special tribute led the parade, honouring those who lost their lives during the Manchester Arena attack, as well as those who were injured, along with their families and the heroic efforts of the emergency services. The tribute saw 22 young people hold balloons aloft while carrying a banner stating, “Manchester Remembers”, followed by members from the emergency services as a thank you for their heroic efforts after the attack.
Setting the scene of this year’s ABRACADBRA theme, the lead float was a huge blue genie brimming with mysterious magic, while charmed carpets flew around its base.
Commissioned by Manchester City Council, and produced by local outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, Manchester Day is now in its eighth successful year and has evolved into so much more than a parade.
For more information visit: www.manchesterday.co.uk
All images by photographer Mark Waugh