Painting the park pink: Manchester’s LGBT annual picnic brings together stalls, birds and Eurovision stars

Anyone going to down to Salford Crescent’s Peel Park on July 27 can be sure of a big surprise – as Manchester’s LGBT community is set have its pink picnic.  

Live music, a falconry display and a best-dressed dog competition will be among the highlights when the LGBT group hold their annual extravaganza, the Peel Park Pink Picnic, this year.

The free event was set up in 2011 with the aim of bringing the community together with a day of family-friendly entertainment and activities.

And with numbers at the first event better than expected with people attending from all over the North West, it has since gone from strength to strength.

Last year more than 1,000 visitors attended the picnic which incorporated a main stage, a climbing wall and bouncy castle as well as other attractions.

This year the main stage will play host to former Eurovision Song Contest entrant Nicki French, LGBT acts Bears Aloud, Wolf and Goldea.

The day’s soundtrack will also be provided by Gaydio and other events will include pink bingo, sporting activities and a variety of stalls from Manchester organisations and businesses.

Volunteers from the LGBT community have organised the event and will be in attendance at the park, located behind the Maxwell Building of Salford University on The Crescent, to ensure the day runs smoothly.

The event begins at 12pm and will finish at 7pm.

For further details about the event, please visit the Peel Park Pink Picnic website:

Image via Peel Park Pink Picnic, with thanks

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