Details of road closures during the Manchester Pride Big Weekend and the Pride Parade have been announced today by the festival organisers.
The four-day extravaganza includes headline performances from 1980s hit makers Human League and Bananarama, new acts Little Boots and Frankmusik and tabloid favourite Peter Andre.
Road closures from 6am on Friday 28th August until 7am Tuesday 1st September will affect eleven areas within the borders of Portland Street, Princess Street, Whitworth Street and Minshull Street.
These include parts, or all, of Abingdon Street, Silver Street, Hart Street, Major Street, Bloom Street, Richmond Street, Canal Street, Brazil Street, Chorlton Street and Sackville Street.
The Manchester Pride Parade starts at 1pm on Saturday 28 August.
A number of roads will also be closed from 12.30pm until 5pm to allow the parade to pass by.
Liverpool Road will be closed from the earlier time of 6am to allow the event organisers to formulate the running order of the entrants as they arrive and put the finishing touches to their floats.
In total, nine roads are closed along the parade route.
These include: Deansgate, from Liverpool Road to St Ann’s Street, which is itself closed as far as Cross Street.
Jackie Crozier, festival manager of Manchester Pride, said:
“We are very excited about this year’s parade, and the road closures will ensure that the event operates safely and securely.
“It’s also really important that the roads are closed for the parade.
“This will allow thousands of people to enjoy the spectacle of Pride and join in the celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life.
“The roads being closed will re-open as soon as possible to ensure only the minimum disruption.”