Bursting with PRIDE

Fundraising charity, Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend have announced what revellers can expect from their 2013 offering!

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This year PRIDE will be boosted by appearances from reality stars Rylan Clark and Lucy Spraggan. Lucy has always been a Manchester Pride favourite even before taking on the X Factor, while X Factor finalist and Celebrity Big Brother winner, Rylan, was the show’s most talked about contestant. 



Also announced this week were the opening headliners for The Big weekend – Brit-Pop band The Feeling. It marks the first ever Pride appearance for the group, fronted by openly gay Dan Gillespie Sells.



Early Bird tickets for the award-winning Big Weekend go on sale on Friday 26th April and will cost just £16 for the whole four-day weekend.

Organisers have also unveiled the theme for the Manchester Pride Parade, which will weave its way through the streets of Manchester on Saturday 24 August.  Following the death of Margaret Thatcher,  ‘Acceptable in the 80s?’ recognises the impact the decade had on LGBT and HIV activism, with the introduction of Section 28 and the demonisation of people suffering from HIV/AIDS.  Not to be forgotten is the fact the 80s was also a decade of iconic music, television and film (and horrific fashion), giving plenty of scope for fun.


There will also be a few changes to the event site this year, including the introduction of a new Indoor Arena- a god send if you ask me after the down pours on the last 2 Manchester PRIDE’s.  By day the Arena will host the popular Lifestyle Expo where community groups and service-providers can promote their organisations, while at night it will be transformed into a dance space showcasing the best of Manchester’s club scene. 



Early Bird tickets for the award-winning Big Weekend go on sale on Friday 26th April and will cost just £16 for the whole four-day weekend.

Great news too is that there will be no booking fee charged, so most people will pay the same, or less, for their ticket than in 2012.  

Chair of Manchester Pride, Vicken Couligian said: 

”Further acts and headliners will be added to the bill in the run-up to the Big Weekend, and with only a limited number of Early Bird tickets available this year, we encourage Festival goers to buy tickets early to make sure they get a bargain”.

To find out more about Manchester Pride and this year’s festival you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit the website at manchesterpride.com

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