- Over 450 Prides around the world have cancelled or postponed already.
Manchester Pride has confirmed it is postponing its 2020 event and will not take place again until August 2021.
The festival usually generates £34million from the local economy. Moreover, it is a major fundraiser for LGBT+ organizations in the northwest of England.
The event traditionally takes place on the last weekend in August. Because the following Monday is a public holiday, it stretches over four days.
Each summer it is one of the last major UK parties of a calendar which stretches from May to September.
Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said:
‘Since large gatherings were banned in March, we have been working tirelessly to map out the options available to us for the four day event that forms the heart of our year.
‘Cancelling the festival altogether was something that my team did not want to consider. But after consulting with our partners and reviewing every option, the only way we can deliver what we have planned for this year is to move it to August 2021.’
Over 450 Prides cancelled around the world
Manchester now follows other Prides large and small which have already cancelled or postponed including Pride in London and Brighton Pride.
Over 450 Prides around the world have had to change their plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As many of them are small organizations with tight budgets, the cancellations and postponements are putting them at risk of going bust and closing forever.
Manchester Pride is promising anyone who bought tickets for this year’s festival will have them rolled over to 2021’s celebration. Those who don’t want to attend next year can either ask for a refund. Alternatively they can donate the ticket price to the Pride charity.
And Pride bosses are also asking people to donate via their JustGiving page.