This week we welcome back Manchester’s annual LGBT Pride celebrations; one of the largest and longest running in the country, and each year successfully raise thousands of pounds for LGBT causes across Greater Manchester. 2017 marks fifty years since Parliament first voted to legalise homosexuality in the UK, and Pride looks to give the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities a platform to raise awareness and campaign for equality on LGBT issues, as well as having one great party in the process. The celebration returns this bank holiday weekend with the theme “Class of 2017: The Graduation Parade”…

Get things started this Friday 25th with flagship event The Big Weekend, where you can see the likes of Clean Bandit, Faithless, Melanie C and Danny Howard, joined by plenty more across three stages in the Gay Village. The Deaf Institute will be hosting Pride spectacular Bollox from 10pm and Tribeca’s resident DJs will be dropping old skool, dancehall and garage for Swagga.

Highlight of the weekend comes on Saturday as the annual Pride Parade will transform the city into a kaleidoscope of colour, as hundreds of floats and marchers weave their way through the city centre in front of tens of thousands of spectators showing their support to the LGBT communities. In the evening, keep the party alive with one of the special club nights held across the city. Pop Curious will be hosting another GIRL POWER! spectaculars at Aatma from 11pm, or delve into the Tribeca basement for Titters And Tassels, presented by Toots and Leigh. 53Two will be hosting Love Party from 3pm, just one of their events in a series of shows all weekend, and Horse Meat Disco will be taking over Gorilla for a Pride special.

Bank holiday Sunday can only mean one thing: we’re ready to head about and do it all over again. Those heading back out on Sunday can catch a Kiss Me Again Pride special from 11pm at Soup Kitchen with DJ Wes Baggaley, Factory 251 hosts The Night Of A 1000 Queens feat. Mute Buena from 10pm and Black Dog Ballroom basement presents Handsome Pride.

Following a weekend of celebration, Monday offers the opportunity for a more reflective mood as a candelit vigil will be held at Sackville Gardens, remembering those lost to the HIV virus and offering a platform to stand together and recognise the many challenges that still exist and face LGBT communities. The vigil will be delivered in collaboration with Pride’s charity partner George House Trust, and is free to a attend.

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For more information on Manchester Pride 2017, visit the official website.

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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