Dress Down Day For Manchester Pride

Olivia Baron | 9th August 2016


WHO: Manchester Pride

WHAT: Dress Down Day

 WHERE: Manchester

WHEN: Friday 12th August

Manchester Pride is asking local workers on Friday 12 August to swap their normal dress down day at work for a dress up day that is fit for a King – or Queen.

The LGBT charity has organised the day to show support for this year’s Manchester’s Pride theme ‘Once Upon a Time’ and is hoping to raise money for The Manchester Pride Community Fund by asking participants to donate a minimum £1.

Workers are set to swap work attire for King or Queen outfits when they arrive at their offices across Manchester

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride said “Whether they come dressed to work as Elsa or another of their favourite fairy-tale characters, we’re asking businesses and employees to dress-up on their usual dress down day, and all for an important cause.

People can dress-up as their favourite character, hold a Mad Hatter’s tea party over lunch, take part in a fairy-tale themed quiz or a sing-a-long karaoke session to Frozen – whatever their inspiration we just want people to get involved!”

Manchester Pride will share pictures and videos of all supporters on their social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as giving away free tickets to The Big Weekends as prizes for businesses and employees who make the best effort.

Anyone who want to take part can register online at www.bigweekend.manchesterpride.com/take-part

The Manchester Pride Parade takes place over August Bank holiday weekend as part of The Big Weekend celebration, in which over 3000 people come together to march from Liverpool Road to Whitworth Street passing the Gay Village.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said:

“As we reflect on years gone by in our wonderful City, we recognise many stories, moments, events and occasions that have occurred in order to allow us to reach the level of freedom that our LGBT communities enjoy today. Once upon a time allows us to look back, reflect and plan the next steps for the advancement of LGBT equality.”

Participants include charitable organisations community sports groups, commercial organisations, local community groups and celebrities such as the cast and crew of Coronation Street who have took part for 6 years.

Each year floats are entered into The Manchester Pride Parade Awards which are judged on Parade Day by representatives from The Manchester Pride Board of Trustees, The Lord Mayor and Sponsors. Last year’s winners were:

Best Overall Float – Unison

Best Community/Charity Float – LGBT Youth North West

Best Walking Entry – Littleborough Oakenhoof Folk Arts Group

Best Public sector/Services Entry – Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue

Best Individual Costume – The Albert Kennedy Trust

Best Village Licensed Business – On Bar

To take part, Organisations can apply online here https://bigweekend.manchesterpride.com/take-part/parade.