I absolutely love Manchester.
It’s the city I have called home for the last 4 years – it’s played such an integral role in my life and I will always be grateful for everything this city has given me. And Manchester Day is the perfect way to celebrate this wonderful city every year.
Launched in 2010, Manchester Day is a larger than life celebration that brings the carnival spirit to the Manchester city centre every year. Inspired by the New York’s thanksgiving parade, the Manchester Day celebrations this year brought over 200,000 Manchester loving people to the streets to enjoy the procession of floats, music and colour. I was one of them!
I was quite lucky as the parade route started right outside my flat. Perks of living in the city centre eh? So after stuffing ourselves with some amazing Sticky Soy Chicken for lunch, we (Seb, Matt and I) headed down just in time for the parade.
The theme this year was ‘Going Global’ and you could see this theme throughout the parade right from the Brazilian samba music to the oriental dancers. It was fab!
Ofcourse no parade would be complete without the bands and we definitely had a few of those too.
The parade even had a giant horse to mark the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar.
The Manchester day parade also had the obligatory strangeness you would expect of any parade.
What even are ‘they’ supposed to be? I still loved them whatever they were!
We watched the end of the parade
And then headed out to the Great Northern Square
To enjoy some ice cream!
The city was buzzing as we walked around taking everything in – there was a lot to see!
We decided to call it a day and head back home to enjoy some slutty brownies – all that walking sure does make you tired! Those brownies tasted just as good as it looked. So worth the impending heart attack.
What a brilliant day! We love you Manchester. We love you!