Motorists are being warned of widespread city centre road closures, as the annual Manchester Pride festival prepares for its Big Weekend.
The four-day event – featuring exhibitions, markets and live music performances from the likes of pop-group Steps – will see large parts of the city centre shut down to traffic as Manchester continues to celebrate its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Further closures on Saturday afternoon are planned to accommodate the Parade, with over 90 floats due to pass through the city centre.
Sections of Abingdon Street, Bloom Street, Brazil Street, Canal Street, Chorlton Street, Hart Street, Major Street, Richmond Street, Sackville Street and Silver Street will be affected.
Throughout the bank holiday weekend, many of these will be closed to traffic from 6am on Friday until 7am on Tuesday as the festival draws to an end.
Temporary closures will also be in place from 12:30pm onwards on Saturday, with parts of Deansgate, St. Ann’s Street, Cross Street, Princess Street, Albert Square, Tasle Alley, Whitworth Street and Fairfield Street shut down to allow for the Parade, which begins opposite the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate at 1pm and finishes on Whitworth Street.
Liverpool Road will be closed between Deansgate and Potato Wharf from 6am on Saturday to allow for preparations.
The Manchester Pride festival is currently in its 22nd year, and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading LGBT events.
This year’s celebrations began last Friday and will culminate on Monday with the George House Trust candlelit vigil, remembering those lost to the HIV virus.
Motorists are encouraged by the city council to visit http://www.manchester.gov.uk/manchesterprideroadclosures for more information regarding the closures, or to download a map of the parade route.