This summer’s unmissable family day out- Manchester Day- will return to the streets on Sunday 19 June. This year is the eleventh parade and green issues remain at the core of the event.
Organisers are pulling out all the stops to make sure the city centre will be buzzing all day long with plenty of things to see and do, as well as making sure the iconic Manchester Day Parade – full of music, colour, and dance – is the most memorable yet.
Sustainability is built into every aspect of the legendary Manchester Day parade, and plays a key part in Manchester City Council’s aim to be zero carbon by 2038.
Since 2019, the council have incorporated more sustainable measures into the parade such as ensuring that all the power supplied for the parade is generated from renewable sources and, that the show stopping parade floats are all pushed, pulled, walked and cycled through the city’s streets.
In tandem with this, creative ways have been found to repurpose artwork from previous parades. Local groups and artists have skilfully made sure that materials are not wasted and, have given the art a new lease of life ready for this year’s parade. This includes many of the parade floats have been formed from previous Manchester Day artwork.
This year, children and young people have been directly incorporated into the parade as part of the Council’s ‘Our Year 2022’ – a year of celebrating and amplifying the voices of young people in the city. Manchester City Council believe that the vision of young people is the future, the Climate emergency is very important to the city’s young people and therefore has been made a main theme of the parade.
Many of the parade artworks are centred around the importance of climate activism and limiting carbon emissions. This year’s parade will see a gondola made from scrap metal, a train powered by pedal power rather than fossil fuels and the iconic bridges of Castlefield re-imagined as gardens in the sky.
Each area of the event is reviewed to ensure the processes are as green as possible, this includes: all of the food traders demonstrating sustainable practices and banning the use of Single Use Plastics in the food and drink hubs. Moreover, Manchester City Council will ensure that reusable cups will be used at all bars and eateries that are part of Manchester Day.
Manchester Day is created by Manchester People, commissioned by Manchester City Council, and produced by Walk the Plank.
Councillor Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said:
“Sustainability and being green, has been and will always be, an integral part of the planning around Manchester Day. Our teams at Manchester City Council have been working hard to make the event eco friendly and ensure that we’re as sustainable as possible.
“This year sustainability is a main theme of the parade as our city’s young people have recycled artworks, old costumes and show us how we can lead the way to a greener future.
“I would also urge Manchester Day party seekers to travel into the city centre using public transport to help minimise the carbon footprint of Manchester Day 2022. From trams, to buses to E-bikes, there’s plenty of green ways to travel into the city this summer.”
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