2020 may have truly taken just about everything fun away from us, but it certainly cannot take away our Pride.
Okay, so the literal EVENT may be cancelled.
But that won’t stop the Mancunian LGBTQ+ community from celebrating in its own way. It just means we have to adapt to socially distanced, COVID-proof methods of celebrating this Bank Holiday weekend.
If there’s anything we’re in need of during local lockdown, it’s positivity and togetherness – whatever medium that comes in. As a digital marketing agency, we’re excited to see it’s thanks to social media that so many elements of Pride are able to continue!
Here are several things you can look forward to this coming weekend. Whether you’re within your LGBTQ+ household or your support bubble of allies, let’s celebrate!
It’s looking like a sunny weekend (cross EVERYTHING!)
Although you can never truly predict the weather in our great city, the forecast is looking good. It really seems like the gods are planning to bless us on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It’s a narrow window though, and the weekend will be sandwiched between several days of showers and moderate breezes. So expect a sudden change of heart from Mother Nature!
Stay home with (alternative) pride
If the ability to eat and drink in town with your household hasn’t tempted you away from lockdown, you can still have a proud weekend from the comfort of your sofa. Manchester Pride has programmed a whole weekend of festivities dubbed their first ever “Alternative Pride Festival”. You can watch a stream of content inspired by the Pride Live event we’re used to on Saturday. This will include a special presentation of the Pride Parade, live DJ sets and legacy performances from past Prides.
Escape to Platform 15
If you’ve made a visit to Manchester’s new Freight Island in Mayfield Depot, you’ll know it’s an exciting and inclusive new venture. Fiercely proclaiming itself as a queer-friendly space, Freight Island’s first phase is the socially-distanced Platform 15. They’ve announced a weekend of shows including drag brunch, Black Pride, a vogue takeover and DJ and dining sets. We might not be getting international stars like Ariana Grande at the Depot this summer, but an intimate experience like this might be a nice change.
Queering the Whitworth
Whitworth Gallery may be closed for now, but the team have curated a collection of pieces retroactively found to have LGBTQ+ connections. “Queering the Whitworth” will run online this weekend and is perfect for those who enjoy the educational side of pride. Great events like this remind us that Pride isn’t just a party – it’s a protest, learning opportunity and an exhibition.
The Candlelight Vigil
Arguably the most important event of the weekend is the famous Candlelight Vigil. This is where we remember those of the community who have passed, and those who have blazed a trail for today’s LGBTQ+ community.
The alternative pride event will also include a livestream version of the vigil on Monday, where you will be invited to join in remembering our loved and lost. We may not be able to gather in Sackville Gardens, but that shouldn’t stop us from paying tribute to those who are gone.
Rainbows Across Manchester
Even though it’s hard to amplify a Pride celebration that isn’t physical, Manchester continues to wave their flags in solidarity. As seen here by the rainbow umbrellas in the Royal Exchange Arcade, people haven’t forgotten that Pride is still upon us and we can still celebrate our identity.
Gay Village is Business As Usual
Of course, it’s important to respect the social distancing measures in place right now. However, if your household is able to get out and about, do try and support our LGBTQ+ businesses as much as possible this weekend. The Gay Village is the heart and soul of queer Manchester and has provided a safe space for many since the 1980s. Now a truly iconic part of the city, we owe it our support during this uncertain time for so many businesses.
However you end up celebrating Manchester Pride 2020, we at DMT hope you keep safe and healthy, look after each other, and enjoy your Bank Holiday!
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