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Manchester Day Parade 2012 Colour and Clarity

June 11, 2012

It’s two years since my first blog post about the Manchester Day Parade.

Yesterday’s theme was ‘The Sky’s the limit’ – billed as a celebration of heroic achievements’ and acknowledging the amazing achievements of men and women in science and technology, music, culture and the arts, industry, sport, and the natural world. Fortunately the Manchester weather behaved itself long enough to host a sunny parade with lots of colour, twirls and swirls. Even if the skies were a little grey.

Here Mad Max meets Lord of the Rings, with a Brazilian Beat !

History and tradition mixes with modern societies with the Ancoats Brotherhood stepping in front of the Bolton Pipe Band.

Something for the kids.

You couldn’t fail to notice the amazing efforts that had gone into the costumes and contraptions. Some of the artists are featured here.

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Alan Turing and of the early days of Aviation.

Modern themes in the parade about escaping the ratrace and being aware of the environment, as well as celebrating Manchester’s industrial achievements.

More superb colour. Music and good vibes.

Flights of fancy, Concord and Football, all played a part.

Strange and wonderful creatures, scared and animated the crowds.

Even Manchester’s street cleaning crew had joined in the festivities ! Afterwards we we’re treated to some choral singing from a group Sing For Water North. A charity who have already raised over £10,000 for clean water in Africa, Asia and the Pacific regions. Then a final crowd cheering blast from the Manchester School of Samba Band.

Thanks to everyone who took part and who put so much time and energy into exciting and entertaining the huge crowds that turned out. A wonderful afternoon.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Wallace permalink
    June 11, 2012 9:55 am

    Thanks for a lovely collage of such a vibrant day, and of course thanks to the hours of preparation by all the participants.

    • June 11, 2012 11:31 am

      What a colourful spectacle, I enjoyed re visiting it this morning as I reassembled it all. Thanks for the comment Mr Wallace 🙂

  2. Elaine Velho Revans permalink
    June 11, 2012 10:54 pm

    Wow! Such amazing, vibrant costumes and models. A credit to the good foke of Manchester and to the clever bod who took all these lovely pics. Nicely done Craig. A riot of colour.

    • June 12, 2012 12:49 pm

      Thanks Elaine, nice to see a name I know on my blog from time to time lol It was a fab day. You’ll have to bring the family next year, I’m sure the girls would like it. Cheers for the comment.

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