Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. It is a day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities.


Manchester Day was created in 2010 and has now become one of the North West’s flagship events of the summer. The purpose of Manchester Day is to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Manchester. Where communities can celebrate pride in our city and show what makes them feel uniquely Mancunian. Where communities, artists and businesses can work together to create something truly special for Manchester.

Over 1,500 performers and artists from local communities bring Manchester city centre to life in a fantastic display of colour, sound and movement. An audience of more than 60,000 are wowed by the incredible day of amazing structures, vibrant costumes and pulsating music and dance.

The creative process that makes Manchester Day such a spectacular event is curated by Walk the Plank and their team of skilled artists. Walk the Plank guide and steer participating groups in realising their ideas inspired by the event theme and all things marvellously Mancunian.

The process of making the parade is as important as the final result – in the Manchester Day workshop, which opens six weeks before the big day, everyone is welcomed to come together to create the fantastic structures, costumes and props you see on the day. Everything you see has been shaped by the community groups taking part.