The Manchester Day Parade

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I have no idea who this lot were or what they represented, but gosh, they were cool!
Today was Manchester Day, which is something the council have pretty much made up to celebrate why we should be proud of Manchester.  I am all in favour of being proud of Manchester, myself, so I went along to the parade.  It was really very good.  There were some great floats, or giant puppet things, or whatever they were called, and some of the dancing was great.  Some of it, of course, was small, rapidly overheating small children from Karate Clubs and Cheerleading clubs, but that was cool too.  My photos are terrible because I only had my phone with me, and it has the longest shutter lag known to man, so I apologise for that!

Amongst the various things it turns out that Manchester is proud of were:

 - goth belly dancers.
Samba dancers
  My boyfriend was sorry to miss this bit
 - its proud, multicultural heritage - there were Chinese Dragons, African and Asian Dancing, a Rastafarian puppet with giant "ZION" earrings, and more samba than you could shake a tambourine at
 - it's council's record on recycling(!)
 - Darth Vader.  And I have no idea why
 - I also have no idea why we are proud of seagulls, whales, and jelly fish - we're fifty miles inland, and I don't think whales can use the ship canal.  But we are, and that's what counts
 - unicorns, pegasus, and various dragons.  I assume that this references our creativity, unless the middle ages were a lot more interesting than I thought.  Ditto giant cool tigers.
 - our Fire Brigade, Hospitals, and Police, and their assorted bands.  And rightly so.
 - various sports and clubs with children in.  Well done kids, it must have been roasting and you were all ace.
 - Bees, a traditional symbol of thrift and industry. 
 - the Princess Royal Trust for carers, and goodness knows that's a good cause
 - the parade was closely followed by a streetsweeping truck, and I think we can be proud of that too!

Oh, and apparently we are well known for some sort of football thing?

The level of creativity in the parade was really astonishing, and I had a great time.  I'll probably go next year if it's on. 
sarahelaine says:
oh, THAT'S what all the stars and moons and things were all about! That makes sense, then. Thank you!
Posted on: Jun 20, 2010
londonstudent says:
I hope that Manchester is also proud of its university, which is really rather good, what with Jodrell Bank an' all ...
Posted on: Jun 20, 2010
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I have no idea who this lot were o…
I have no idea who this lot were …
Samba dancers
Samba dancers
Bee, a Manchester symbol of indust…
Bee, a Manchester symbol of indus…
Samba queen
Samba queen
Samba
Samba
Fire Bird
Fire Bird
The world
The world
Jellyfish??? This far inland?
Jellyfish??? This far inland?
A whale, squirting a canal boat.  …
A whale, squirting a canal boat. …
Lotus blossoms
Lotus blossoms
Peacock
Peacock
Peacock
Peacock
seagulls
seagulls
seagulls
seagulls
Manchester is proud of... unicorns?
Manchester is proud of... unicorns?
African Dancing
African Dancing
Monster thing - there is an announ…
Monster thing - there is an annou…
A samba band
A samba band
Dancers
Dancers
Dragons
Dragons
I have no idea about this one...
I have no idea about this one...
Space Hop, a reading programme in …
Space Hop, a reading programme in…
Aliens
Aliens
Darth Vader - I have no idea why w…
Darth Vader - I have no idea why …
The police band
The police band
Manchester had an important role i…
Manchester had an important role …
... and pink hair, perhaps?
... and pink hair, perhaps?
A giant DJ
A giant DJ
A surgeon
A surgeon
A giant, and indecisive, footballe…
A giant, and indecisive, football…
More Football
More Football
I think the Man U player is meant …
I think the Man U player is meant…
Dancers - some of the best that day
Dancers - some of the best that day
The universe
The universe
An acrobat in a hoop.  I wish the …
An acrobat in a hoop. I wish the…
Another dancer
Another dancer
The Princess Royal Trust for carers
The Princess Royal Trust for carers
Samba band
Samba band
Samba
Samba
Irish Flags
Irish Flags
Irish contingent, with large dog/ …
Irish contingent, with large dog/…
The Fire Brigade band - its not a…
The Fire Brigade band - it's not …
Fire Brigade
Fire Brigade
Dragon
Dragon
Rastafarian puppet
Rastafarian puppet
Minotaur
Minotaur
Pegasus
Pegasus
No Idea
No Idea
Possibly Mother Earth
Possibly Mother Earth
The Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West
Dragons
Dragons
Bee Keepers
Bee Keepers
Dragon flies
Dragon flies
Butterflies.  Youd think we lived…
Butterflies. You'd think we live…
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Beekeepers
Beekeepers
The weather
The weather
Votes for Women!  Pankhurst was a …
Votes for Women! Pankhurst was a…
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