The application process for volunteers will be open in early 2019.



We will launch the application for volunteers for the next Manchester Day in early 2019, please check back here for details.

For now, read on to find out more about our volunteer roles. 

Communication support – On the Day , 10am to 3pm

We need volunteers to be the public face of Manchester Day distributing programmes and answering any questions people have about the day. This is a vital part of the event so that everyone knows what’s happening, when and where. As you’ll be positioned along the route or in one of the city’s Squares, you’ll be in the heart of the action, seeing the Parade and enjoying the atmosphere.


Volunteers for this role will work in teams with a team leader to refer to for any support needed and receive a briefing on the morning of the event to ensure they have all the information needed to be able to carry out the role.


Creative Support on the day of the parade – On the Day, 9am – 5pm

These volunteers will help set up the parade at its start point in Manchester’s Castlefield area. You’ll play a vital part in on-the-day preparation and delivery, helping groups with floats and accessories and directing participants to their positions.

You’ll then get chance to be part of the parade itself, acting as an info point for participants, distributing water and sunscreen, or even carrying banners, flags and props. Or assist our Stage Managers in helping to bring the city centre squares alive with performances, decorations and installations.

After the parade, you’ll guide participants back to WoW, collecting parade accessories and costumes, and props and working with the creative team to organise our storage space. 

You will receive a briefing prior to the event details of which are to be confirmed


You can also get involved in the lead up to the event:


Creative support leading up to the event – May and June

The WoW workshop is the creative community hub designed especially for Manchester Day, where artists and participants work on their creations, costumes and movement. WoW Weekends are held at the workshop over 2 weekends leading up to the event, and serve as a chance to make preparations for the big day in a lively creative and collaborative atmosphere.


We need people to help and build structures, make props and embellish costumes. It’s a great opportunity to work with established carnival artists and get an in-depth look behind the scenes of one of the city’s biggest event of the summer. You can volunteer as little or as much time as you like, from a few hours to a few weeks. Just tell us your availability and we’ll let you know how and when you can help out.

We offer travel expenses of up to £5 and provide lunch for the event day. More information will be provided on sign up. Those volunteering on the event day also receive a Manchester Day T-shirt.