Manchester Gay Pride

Manchester Gay Pride cancelled: 2020

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Manchester Gay Pride is is one of the best pride events in Europe ! All bars and clubs are located in the Gay Village around Canal Street. During pride the whole block is sealed off.

What to expect

The Gay Village is a block of about 3x3 streets where most of the gay bars and clubs are located. Most of the bars are very large. There are packed street parties outside the main bars every day. Drinks are mostly sold only inside the bars, but you can bring them outside during the day and early evening.

Besides the events in the gay village there are several more dance and after parties, and also some leather and fetish events during the weekend.

The gay village can only be accessed during pride weekend with a wristband, part of the money goes to charity. The wristband only access also keeps the area more safe.

The Parade is on Saturday afternoon. Best point to view it is on Princess street near Canal Street, there most gay guys will watch.


You can buy weekend wristband in advance or buy a day pass. When you buy a ticket online you must exchange it for a wristband. You can do that at several of the entrances to the Gay Village. Ticket sales start a few month before the event, check their website: Tickets Saturdays a big gay pride parade moves through the city.

Where to stay

Most gay pride activities are concentrated in the Gay Village, which is the area around Canal Street. It is very close to the railway station.

There are many hotels located in the area, and most of them get fully booked with gays and lesbians in the gay pride weekend.

Check our online hotel map to see hotels near the gay places. The map is centred around the Gay Village. Enter you arrival and departure dates to see actual prices and availability on the map: Online Manchester hotel map


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Reviews on Manchester Gay Pride

over a year ago

No Wristband is needed to enter the village and it is an offence for Manchester Pride to block your right of access

Manchester Pride. The organisation which has misled the LGBT community since 2003. Telling them that a payment was needed to enter our gay village while pride was on. No payment was ever needed. In fact charging pedestrians to enter closed streets within the gay village was unlawful. They were told this way back in 2002.

Since this became public knowledge roads within the gay village have only been closed to motor vehicles only. It is an offence for Manchester Pride to block your right of access into the gay village, unless the area becomes overcrowded. They may not prioritise wristband buyers over those without and you do not have to state where you are going. to make it clear, members of the public on foot have unrestricted right of access into the village and no one should be harassed by Manchester pride security.

Some of the dirty tricks they are employing now at the gates is telling you no bars will serve you without a wristband. A lie because some bars served people or they will say gesture to you to show your wrist. This is only dirty tricks to try to mislead people who aren't sure of their rights as you have a legal right into the village even if no bars would serve you.

The Local Government Ombudsman ruled in April 2015 that Manchester City Council had "exceeded its powers" by including mention of wristbands in a traffic order. For ten years the public was unlawfully charged and obstructed.

over a year ago

How many years u been doing gay pride in Manchester for?

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