‘March for Peace’ announced as theme for Manchester Pride Parade

Graham Robson February 22, 2020

Manchester Pride has announced that the theme for the 2020 Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday, August 29 will be March for Peace, as the LGBTQ+ charity shares its vision for peace in a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice.

Manchester Pride is calling on the community and its allies to come together, respect the labels, embrace differences, and to recognise that everyone deserves the right to be who they are and live their lives in peace.

They are committed to creating opportunities to engage LGBTQ+ people so that they can thrive and the Parade is a vital part of the charity’s community engagement programme. It provides an opportunity for community members to not only connect with Manchester Pride but also with each other and create lasting relationships, in turn, reducing social isolation.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said: “Every year I am asked do we still need a Pride celebration and every year I say yes we do. Statistics show us that more than half of all black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBTQ+ people have reported experiencing discrimination or poor treatment within their local LGBTQ+ network because of their ethnicity and whilst we have certainly made great leaps in our mission to rid the world of discrimination it isn’t yet an even playing field.

“We must support every single member of every single LGBTQ+ community and fight until they feel equal and free to be themselves. This is why this year we will March For Peace as we ask the world to recognise that the fight has only just begun.”

Last year’s Parade was bigger than ever before with just over 17,000 participants in floats and walking entries from businesses and community groups across the region.

Tickets to Manchester Pride Festival are available now. Rainbow passes start at £35 for a day pass and £65 for the whole weekend. A Rainbow Pass entitles festival goers to access to two days at Manchester Pride Live and four days at the Gay Village Party over the bank holiday weekend. The Manchester Pride Parade is free to attend.

To find out more about Manchester Pride follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit their website.