manchewster day parade 2011

A Voyage of Discovery

Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about our city. It is a day for residents and visitors alike to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have helped Manchester emerge as one of the world’s most iconic cities.

The theme of this year’s parade is A Voyage of Discovery, inspiring a host of diverse and creative ideas from participating groups.

What does it mean to you, your family, and your city?

  • Manchester’s journey from village to 21st-century world-class city
  • Uncover the story of your family, community, city, or even country!
  • The future: 22nd-century Manchester. What might the city look and sound like?
  • Exploration and anniversaries of our city, country, world and beyond
  • From A to B: journeys by land, sea, canals and air, of people, animals and things
  • Inventors and innovators: Manchester is the birthplace of Alan Turing, computer scientist, inventor and code-breaker; the first and only swing aqueduct in the world was built at Barton and carries the Bridgewater Canal over the Ship Canal; Annie Horniman began the repertory movement; and Ernest Rutherford discovered how to split the atom at Manchester University
  • Sporting, creative, musical, digital Manchester.
  • 2010 Photo Competition

    Steve Joyce's winning photographSteve Joyce’s winning photograph

    The 2010 winner was chosen from hundreds of photographs entered into the Council’s Manchester Day photography competition.

    Steve Joyce‘s winning shot depicts the Spirit of Manchester figure, which led the Parade, and was inspired by the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy emblem, apparently leaning over the Town Hall and kissing the famous clock tower.

    Manchester Day Parade 2010Photograph by Keith Flamee

    Judges were impressed by the photograph’s sense of perspective to create an image that it was felt encapsulated Manchester Day.

    Steve now wins a top-of-the-range digital camera donated by Siemens (the Manchester Day sponsors), while he and runners-up Keith Flamee and Mike Bibby also win a range of festive goodies.

    This year we will be running another Manchester Day photographic competition. Details of how to enter and prizes are still to be confirmed; suffice it to say that you will need to bring your camera on the day and capture some of your personal favourite Parade entries.


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