This weekend the Manchester Trades Union Council is hosting its biggest ever May Day with their annual Manchester May Day Parade through the city. With an array of marches, stalls, music, comedy, food and drink, the celebrations come alongside important messages and debates, showing solidarity with the NHS and workers across the UK during uncertain times. A focus of the parade this year lies with the NHS, during one of most significant industrial struggles of recent times.

Events kick off from 11:00am at All Saints Park with a ‘Save The NHS’ march to Sackville Gardens, continuing into the afternoon with workshops, stalls, theatre, music and film. Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or and BAFTA winning ‘I, Daniel Blake‘ gets a screening at the Woods Room at 2:00pm on Saturday, followed by a night of music at the Mechanics Institute. Performances come from singer-songwriters Tony Harper, Claire Mooney and the Quiet Loner plus folk-hop duo, Honeyfeet.

Events continue on Sunday, with a night of comedy and poetry at the Mechanics Institute from Kerry Leigh, Gerry Potter, Annette Fagon and Steph Pike. For more detailed listings and schedules, see the official event page.


The Manchester May Day Festival takes place on Saturday 29th May, with events running into Sunday.

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