What route does the Pride Parade take?The parade kicks off at on Saturday 26 August at an earlier time this year of 12.30pm. While there's no set finish, the parade itself is expected to last about two hours - though you'll want to arrive early to ensure you get a good viewing spot. The parade starts on Liverpool Road, before turning onto Deansgate, Peter Street and down towards Portland Street through the Village before heading to the Whitworth Street to Fairfield Street. There will also be a candlelit vigil on Sunday 28 August in Sackville Gardens to remember those lost to the HIV virus.
The Big WeekendManchester Pride's flagship event will see some of the biggest names in music take to the stage in Manchester's world-famous gay village. The event is ticketed, with full weekend tickets starting at £28.50 and day tickets available at a lesser rate.
The Thomas Cook Airlines USA StageFriday 7pm - Screw the DJ, followed by Tacet 8pm - Saara Aalto 8.45pm - Pixie Lott 9.45pm - G-A-Y presents Melanie C Saturday 4.45pm - Gok Wan DJ set 5.50pm - Lisa Maffia 6.20pm - N-Trance 7pm - Kelli-Leigh 7.35pm - Ultra Nate 7.50pm - Cutmore 8.15pm - Blonde 9.45pm - Example & DJ Wire Sunday DJ - Kriss Herbert 3.15pm - Valerio Lysander 3.50pm - Me and Deboe 4.35pm - Lucy Whittaker 5.15pm - Girli 6.05pm - Yes Lad 6.35pm - Starley 7.30pm - Will Heard 8.30pm - Louisa Johnson 9.30pm - G-A-Y presents Clean Bandit Monday 3.40pm - Frankie Furlow 4.05pm - Divinia De Campo 4.30pm - Ruby Murray 5.05pm - Danny Beard 5.35pm - 5 to 5 5.55pm - Seann Miley Moore 6.30pm - Lucy Spraggan 7.15pm - 5 After Midnight 8pm - Liberty X Girls
The Sackville Gardens Boutique StageFriday - Manbears Stage Sal Ford hosts 7pm - Manchester Big Gay Band 7.20pm - Paul Walker 7.45pm - Drag Roulette 8.10pm - Wolf 9pm - Ross Alexander Saturday - Heather Peace presents 5.15pm - Anne-Marie Sanderson 5.40pm - Mary Spender 6.05pm - Fuzzy Jones 6.30pm - The Coaltown Daisies 7.05pm - Lots Holloway 7.50pm - Sarah Walk 8.40pm - Heather Peace Sunday - Sound of the Village Lee Starr hosts 2.10pm - Gendertonic 2.40pm - Wolfy 2.35pm - Just Alfie 3pm - Rachel Kelly 3.10pm - Krystal Kane 3.20pm - Nanna 3.35pm - PJ Robinson 4pm - Gregg Morton 4.25pm - Bonnie Bon Qui Qui 4.50pm - Bar Pop 5.15pm - Cody Frost 6.05pm - Lucas Primmer 6.30pm - Nick Celino 6.55pm - Tuscan Sun 7.20pm - Belinda Scandal 7.45pm - Kelly Wilde 8.15pm - Nolan 8.50pm - Katrina and the Waves Monday - Sparkle Stage 2pm - Simply Known as Alex 2.20pm - Kicking Jenny 2.40pm - Handsome Molly 3pm - Camden Rushton 3.40pm - Nina Kvasnik 4pm - Jojo McClay 4.20pm - Geri Love 4.50pm - Dee Chanelle
Gaydio Dance ArenaFriday 7pm - Tacet 8pm - DJ Paulette 9pm - Danielle Moore (Crazy P DJ Set) 10.15pm - Simian Mobile Disco DJ set Saturday 6pm - Kriss Herbert 7pm - Jodie Harsh 8pm - Jeremy Healy 9.15pm - Anton Powers 10.30pm - Danny Howard Sunday 6.30pm - Sian Bennett 7.45pm - Shaun J Wright 9pm - Ben Pearce 10.30pm - Faithless DJ Set
Where to stayManchester boasts a range of hotels that will be putting up Pride-goers over the weekend. For those looking to spend the weekend in the lap of luxury, the 5-star Radisson Blu Edwardian in the iconic Free Trade Hall will be getting into the spirit of Pride with a Gaydio Event on its grounds on Saturday 26 August from 12pm-4pm. The hotel is also offering the chance to win a luxury stay, dinner and champagne at Opus One for 2 people as part of their #BeeProud @RBEHotels compeititon. To enter, simply share your Pride moments with them using the hasthag #BeeProud and tagging @RBEHotels. The Radisson Blu Edwardian will also be hosting a #BeeProud of Manchester Afternoon Tea, with the proceeds being shared with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund launched after the Manchester bombing in partnership with the British Red Cross and the Manchester Pride Charity.
Stays start at £165 per room per night including bed and breakfast. You can book online securely or call the reservations team on 0161 835 8914 quoting 'PRIDE'.