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Manchester Day 2015, Huge crowds gathered for the city’s biggest annual party, with a mile-long parade snaking through the city bringing the ‘Game On’ theme to life. The parade was headed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

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A staggering 175,000 people lined the city centre streets to celebrate the sixth Manchester Day in style – with thousands of volunteers helping to make the event the best yet.

Huge crowds gathered for the city’s biggest annual party, with a mile-long parade snaking through the city; awash with fantastic floats, amazing costumes and magical musicians bringing the ‘Game On’ theme to life.

More than 90 community groups weaved their through the streets to the delight of thousands of families who watched on in wonder.

Manchester Day 2015

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Manchester Day 2015:

Volunteers, spectators and officials celebrate ‘incredible’ day

Manchester Day 2015

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Organisers, concerned about the weather, breathed a sigh of relief as the showers held off throughout the afternoon.
Volunteers have spent months organising the parade and preparing floats to ensure this year’s event was the most vibrant yet.
Manchester Day’s intrepid mascot, Pixel, stole the show as he led the celebration. Thousands followed the excitement on Twitter, with the hashtag #MCRDay trending across the city.
The parade included a show-stopping mass-dance section, involving more than 100 local dancers choreographed by Jeanefer Jean Charles, mass movement co-ordinator for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Manchester Day 2015

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More than 60 pedal-powered structures and floats – the most ever – bounced through the city.
Around 2,000 people took part in the parade, helped by artists and producers, Walk the Plank. Scores of local charities, community groups children took part as the excitement gripped the city, The party atmosphere started early in the morning as performers gathered in Great Northern Square, Albert Square, New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square.

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Visitors were treated to musical, acrobatic and gaming activities and performances – as well as some tasty grub from some of Manchester’s foodie favourites.
Highlights included a spectacular performance from Manchester’s The Circus House, acrobatics from Pif-Paf and music from the Royal Northern College of Music.
A gaming convention was also held at Manchester Town Hall, with hundreds trying their hand at the latest video games – and more traditional board games

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City centre spokesman and chair of Manchester Day, Pat Karney, said: “The quality was up there with the likes of Rio and New York. People put so much effort in, for months.
“We think about 175,000 people were in the city centre, watching the parade and the activities in the squares.

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“It was just remarkable. Each year I think we can’t top what we’ve seen and every year there is something new and simply jaw dropping that betters the previous event.
“Manchester Day is the perfect celebration for bringing everyone in this great city together. It breaks down any generation barriers as people of all ages get involved. That spirit of warmth and friendship is something Mancunians can be proud of.

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“Manchester was transformed. We equalled, if not bettered, anything Rio could have produced. It makes you so proud to see the city celebrated like this. It was a day that will be remembered for the rest of our lives.”

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The council’s executive member for culture and leisure Rosa Battle, added: “I’m always proud to be a Mancunian, but this parade reminds us all of exactly why. The passion and excitement is always infectious.”
Liz Pugh, producer at Walk the Plank, said: “It was been a real celebration of everything that makes this city great.
“Once more, Manchester has proved that it’s got spirit, it’s got talent and it’s proud to be marvellously Mancunian.”

Manchester Day 2015

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What is Manchester Day?:

Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. It is a day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities.

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Manchester Day was created in 2010 and has now become one of the North West’s flagship events of the summer. The purpose of Manchester Day is to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Manchester

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. Where communities can celebrate pride in our city and show what makes them feel uniquely Mancunian. Where communities, artists and businesses can work together to create something truly special for Manchester.

Manchester Day 2015

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Over 2,500 performers and artists from local communities bring Manchester city centre to life in a fantastic display of colour, sound and movement. An audience of more than 60,000 are wowed by the incredible day of amazing structures, vibrant costumes and pulsating music and dance.

Manchester Day 2015

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The creative process that makes Manchester Day such a spectacular event is curated by Walk the Plank – internationally renowned outdoor arts experts. Walk the Plank guide and steer participating groups in realising their ideas generated by the event theme.

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