The GMP entry saw multicoloured birds fly from the Tardis. Picture courtesy of www.markwaugh.net
Thousands of people lined the streets of Manchester to watch the fifth Manchester Day Parade on Sunday 22 June.
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and Deputy Commissioner Jim Battle were amongst those taking part in the parade, which celebrates all things Manchester.
Amongst the 90 entries in the parade was the Greater Manchester Police entry, which the police band joined by a host of multi-coloured birds flying from a Tardis. The entry was brought to life by volunteers from GMP, including a host of youngsters from the service’s cadet scheme.
Tony said: “Manchester Day is a celebration of all that’s great about our city, but what makes it truly special is the way in which it brings communities together. Stronger communities are safer communities, and the work that’s been done to create the spectacular entries we saw in the parade goes far beyond the day itself because Manchester Day has a lasting impact and an enduring legacy across the city.
“I’d like to thank all of those volunteers and groups who put in the time and effort to put on such a stunning show, not least the Greater Manchester Police Cadets who worked so hard to bring GMP’s colourful entry to life.”
More than 2,000 people participated in the parade, which saw local charities, community groups and companies bring theme “GOING GLOBAL” to life.
Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day,said: “We’re now in our fifth year and the spectacle hasn’t dropped an inch – if anything it grows bigger each year. Absolutely fantastic. And our mascot Gilly the Globefish really stole the show as the lead float.
“Once again, it was lovely to see so many young people and families out on the streets today enjoying the show, but Manchester Day is wonderfully inclusive and many older people have also been wrapped up in the celebration as part of the city’s age friendly city status.
“It was like Rio in the city centre today – and the parade was bigger even than the Macy’s Day Parade! It makes you so proud to see Manchester celebrated like this – a day that people will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, added: “I’m always proud to be a Mancunian, but this parade reminds us all of exactly why. The passion and excitement is always infectious – a brilliant family day out.
“The parade also provides a real boost to city centre businesses – the cafes and bars were teeming today which is great to see and really important in these difficult economic times.”
For more information about Manchester Day, visit www.manchesterday.co.uk