Mancunian ‘Voyage of Discovery’ set to wow crowds at Manchester Day Parade 2011

By Jonathon Chadwick

Manchester is set to once again turn into one massive carnival for the second Manchester Day, with more than 1600 walking a parade that stretches across the city.

The family event will take place on Sunday 19 June 2011 and will follow on from last year’s success with dozens of group’s busy working on bringing this year’s theme – the Voyage of Discovery – alive.

The parade, commissioned by Manchester City Council and created by Walk the Plank with the people of Manchester, will be a massive spectacle fusing art, dance, music and even roller-skating.

Councillor Pat Karney, chair of Manchester Day, said: “Manchester Day is incredibly exciting and a great way for Manchester residents to enjoy celebrating the achievements of their city. It is inspiring and makes us all incredibly proud.”

The theme is designed to help participants think about their stories and those of the city – from science and sport to land, air and sea – then bring to life some of Manchester ‘s great discoveries.

There are 50 groups new to this year’s parade, with dance troupes, youth groups, musicians and hundreds of participants from community groups all over the city.

Liz Pugh, Parade Producer and Walk the Plank co-founder, said: “Manchester Day Parade is an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate their own and their city’s stories.

“Many of the structures and costumes you will see in the parade have been inspired by the creative ideas of Manchester ‘s people.”

Leading the parade will be a galleon inspired by Manchester ‘s coat of arms. The theme also relates to the opening of the Bridgewater Canal, the first artificial waterway, 250 years ago.

Last year more than 50,000 people attended the extravaganza and it is hoped more will line the streets this year to enjoy the parade and entertainment at Albert Square.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, executive member for culture and leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “This year people will be amazed by the stunning creations.”

The parade takes place on Sunday 19 June 2011 and will leave from Castlefield, at 2pm, travel along Deansgate, Cross Street, Albert Square and Peter’s Street.

CARNIVAL: The parade last year was a big hit, with over 50,000 people attending

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