Manchester Pride organizers have released the theme for the 2017 parade – ‘Class of 2017: The Graduation.’
Explaining the concept, Chief Executive Mark Fletcher said: ‘Education is the key to equality.’
He added: ‘Every year our festival has an iconic issue which we champion through our campaigning, events and marketing. This year we have chosen to focus on education and the continuing fight that, not just LGBT people, have to gain equality across every element of their lives.’
Manchester Pride returns Friday 25 August to Monday 28 August. Performers include Spice Girl Melanie C and last year’s X Factor runner up Saara Aalto. Louisa Jonson and Gok Wan will also appear. What’s more, Love Affair’s Shaun J Wright will take to the decks at the Gaydio Dance Arena.
This year’s parade takes place on Saturday 26 August. It will boasts 100 entries and over 3000 participants. As usual, spectators will be in the hundreds of thousands.
The Manchester Pride Parade starts on Liverpool Road, heads up to Deansgate turns onto Peters Street, through St Peters Square and then onto Portland Street before turning onto Princess Street towards the village and ending on Whitworth street
Mark also said: ‘We aren’t here to preach. We’re a creative and forward thinking organisation which is committed to delivering an engaging and fun Manchester Pride Parade each year.’
He furthermore commented: ‘This parade is our way of bringing our iconic theme alive through the personalities and creativity of the people, community and businesses who march with us.’