Manchester Day returns this Sunday as a celebration of the city’s diversity, solidarity and unity.
This year the parade – which begins at 1pm – will feature an additional element at the beginning that will pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the arena attack, their families and the emergency services.
Representing those who lost their lives, 22 young people each holding a balloon, will lead the parade holding a banner that will read “MANCHESTER REMEMBERS”.
Just behind, uniformed emergency services personnel will walk honouring their heroic efforts following the attack.
There will be a few minutes gap before the Manchester Day Parade follows, led by Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Eddy Newman, Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and Chair of Manchester Day, Cllr Pat Karney.
Now in its eighth year, Manchester Day is the event that best encapsulates the city’s pride, diversity, community spirit, strength and solidarity – a proud celebration of Manchester people and their shared history.
MEDIA CONTACT DETAILS ON THE DAY
Interviews will be available from midday on Liverpool Road where the parade begins.
Both Cllr Pat Karney and Andy Burnham will be available to interview, along with the community groups, artists and producers who make Manchester Day possible.
SIMON WALKER, Manchester City Council press office – 07717 227 981 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please contact Simon for more information or to register a bid to interview on Sunday.
There is no media accreditation required for Manchester Day.
Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “Manchester Day will show the city’s resilience and collective spirt where people come together to celebrate a shared love for our city.
“Our thoughts remain with the families of those who lost their lives last week – as well as those who were injured – and we believe it is important that Manchester Day pays tribute.
“We know thousands of people will come out to on Sunday 18 June and we look forward to seeing you for an incredible day of celebration.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “It’s right and fitting that Manchester Day is devoted to those who lost their lives and those that continue to live with the aftermath of last week’s attack.
“It will also give us all an opportunity to pay tribute to our heroic public servants and celebrate the incredible Manchester spirit that has sustained us all through these dark days.”
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