Community groups prepare to celebrate ‘heroic achievements’ in Manchester Day Parade on June 10

By Sean-Paul Doran

Preparations are underway for the 2012 Manchester Day Parade, an event which will celebrate the city’s heroes and their achievements.

The city’s third annual parade, The Sky’s the Limit…a celebration of heroic achievements’, will take place on June 10.

More than 50,000 people are expected to watch and take part in the event, which starts at 2pm.

Hundreds of volunteers from more than 90 community groups and organisations have already started work on an array of eye-catching floats.

Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: “The annual Manchester Day Parade has become indelibly printed on the minds of people across the region as one of the best loved events in the city’s summer calendar.

“Each year I think we can’t beat last year, and every year I am proved wrong – it just keeps getting better and better.”

The parade will leave Castlefield at 2pm, march along Deansgate and Cross Street, past Albert Square and the town hall, before returning to Castlefield.

Manchester Day aims to bring the community together to celebrate the city’s creativity and diversity, and will again be produced by the renowned Walk the Plank.

Liz Pugh, Producer at Walk the Plank, said: “Many groups are using the parade as a chance to celebrate their own heroes – volunteers and participants who give up their time in order to make a difference.

“The atmosphere at the workshops has been fantastic as people work together to create their individual floats and costumes and we’d love lots of people to come along with their families to support the parade on the day by cheering us on along the route.”  

The day is estimated to be worth £4million to the local economy as Mancunians get into the celebrative spirit.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, echoed the calls for the city to get behind the event and celebrate as a community.

He said: “The parade has something for all ages and the artworks are truly something to behold.

The celebration is not only a great day out, but also generates a massive economic benefit for city centre businesses.”

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