In the last month, the people of Manchester have been through a rollercoaster of emotions. The attack at the Arena on the 22nd May, killing 22 people was truly tragic, with many families being separated from loved ones. Yet, as the city began to pull itself together, there were plenty of heart warming stories too.
Manchester's St Ann's Square became awash with colour, as people flocked to pay their respects to those we lost. Ariana Grande pulled together a charity concert at short notice, where a whole host of musical legends supported the city in its time of need. The people of Manchester came together, raising money by being tattooed with the Manchester Bee, buying t-shirts and holding and attending fundraising events.
This weekend, the annual Manchester Day celebrations will be taking place. The council could have cancelled, but they have purposefully chosen not to, instead seeing it as the perfect chance to celebrate everything that is wonderful about Manchester.
Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day states, "Manchester Day will show the city's resilience and collective spirit where people come together to celebrate a shared love for our city. We know thousands of people will come out on Sunday 18 June and we look forward to seeing you for an incredible day of celebration."
Tributes to the victims of the Manchester Arena Attack in St Ann's Square
This year's celebrations have beenlabelled Abracadabra and will be inspired by magic. It will see over 2,000 performers and artists take part in a fusion of colour, sound and movement. As usual the stunning parade, which will be around one mile long, will move throughout the city centre. The timings of the parade are below.
Timings for the Manchester Day Parade
1pm: Start at Liverpool Road 1.15pm: Arrive at Albert Square 1.30pm: Arrive at Deansgate 1.45pm: Arrive at Exchange Square
2.30pm: Finish in Exchange Square and parade finale.
As well as the parades, the squares throughout the city centre will also be packed full of entertainment for the whole family.
Head to Exchange Square between 2.30pm and 5.30pm to show off your own magic skills. Can you bend a spoon or conjure a rabbit out of a hat?
Manchester will be filled with an array of colour this weekend
Manchester's finest young talent, including bands from the Royal Northern College of Music and Xaverian College will be performing in Cathedral Gardens, whilst the Circus House shows off some daring acrobatic stunts.
Head to St Ann's Square to enjoy a more exotic experience. Dance to the rhythm of Indian and Ghanian beats, and swing your hips to the sounds of the calypso. Dante Aligheri and Italian chef Luigi will be taking part in the intriguingly named Spag Bolympic Games, whilst illusionist Van Buren will be entertaining crowds with his magical tricks.
On top of all this, there will be plenty of tasty treats on offer throughout the city, as well as facepainting for the kids.
If you think you can capture the event in all its glory, why not enter the Manchester Day competition? Simply send in your photos of Manchester Day 2017 which best portray the colour, vibrancy and movement of the day and you could win the top prize, a brand new iPad. Second prize is an overnight stay with full English breakfast at Abode Manchester with dinner and cocktails at Brasserie Abode, whilst third prize is a three course meal for two and bottle of Champagne at the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie. For more details on how to enter, see here.
This year's Manchester Day promises to be bigger and better than ever, so why not come on down with the family and celebrate our beautiful city in all its glory?