City Centre Businesses: How to support Manchester Pride Festival 2024

28th Jun 2024

Manchester City Centre BID and Manchester Accommodation BID are again working in partnership with leading LGBTQ+ charity, Manchester Pride.

Together we aim to coordinate celebrations across the city for Manchester Pride Festival 2024 and help Business Improvement District members understand how to meaningfully support and get involved.

This is an exciting opportunity for central retailers, leisure venues and offices to take

part in one of the city’s most celebrated events and support the charity who works

year-round to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people.

Attracting 1000’s of people to the city centre, Manchester Pride Festival comprises a huge programme of events which will kick-off a week earlier this year: on Friday 16 August.

Activities will include the Gay Village Party, Manchester Pride Parade, Superbia, Family Pride MCR, Youth Pride MCR, Candlelit Vigil.

Plus, a new Manchester LGBTQ+ Film & TV Festival run by CityCo on behalf of Manchester Accommodation BID.

Key Facts
c.41,000 people attend the Gay Village Party

c.15,000 people take part in the Manchester Pride Festival

c.400 volunteers give up their time to support the charity during the Festival.

How to Get Involved


Be proud of your city, meet your ESG goals and support a local Manchester charity by

fundraising for the Manchester Pride Charity.

Join the celebrations

Decorate your windows, encourage teams to dress up, host themed events. Our annual rainbow decorations will be up on Market Street from 16-27 August.

Themed promotions

Give festival goers a special offer, discount or gift with a purchase to celebrate the


Become a sponsor

From individual event sponsorship to long-term collaborative partnerships, there are

opportunities available to suit every business.

Pledge to end hate

Manchester Pride asks businesses to join their campaign ‘I Choose Kindness’ to help

raise awareness of hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people and how to support

communities, so that everyone feels safe to be their true selves.

Join the All Equals Charter

The charter is Pride’s programme to help businesses understand, recognise and challenge any form of discrimination in the workplace. Joining the charter will help to make your workplace inclusive, diverse and equal for marginalised people.

Let us know if you are taking part, please email by Friday 11th August or speak to your City Host.