Manchester Pride 2022 - The Parade Float
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Who's ready for Manchester Pride 2022!
Join us to celebrate and promote OutdoorLads at one of the UK's biggest and best pride events, Manchester Pride!
It's been a long time since we've been able to enjoy the Parade at Manchester Pride, I don't know about you, but I'm super excited!
We're going all out this year, and we are entering as a FLOAT - yes that's right, an actual float!
It's still a planning work in progress, but it will be a rather large trailer float filled to the brim with everything OutdoorLads. And lots of emphasis as well on making sure we have wonderful loud music as well.
It is anticipated that there will be about 10 to 20 people on the float, and 75 people walking alongside and behind.
The Plan (N.B. Subject to Confirmation):
We will be meeting at the Castlefield Roman Gardens which is just off Liverpool Road (the little park left at the White Lion Pub on Liverpool Road), Manchester. We will be assembling with the rest of this year’s pride parade participants. You can find us gathered at one of the marshalling points wearing Red T-shirts, of which you need to wear yourself! Please arrive by 10am.
As always, we would like to show off the many things that we do, so, please do some of the following, if you can!
- Climbers - Wear climbing harness. Bonus points if you can hang nuts/hexes/cams from them for jingly-goodness
- Bikers / Mountain bikers - ride along-side on your bike. Bonus points if you have a bell / horn.
- Walkers/Hikers - Walking poles, rucksacks (with camel-back too? Accepting no responsibility if this is filled with anything other than water...). Massive OS maps - Bonus points for cracking out the acting skills, acting lost and asking the crowd for help with directions)
As well as this, there are flags to be energetically waved and wafted, as well as stickers to be given out too.
...But most importantly, wear your Red OutdoorLads T-Shirt!
In order to take part in the parade, you must obtain a wrist band from the event leader, James (james_sk), who will have checked everyone in with the pride officials. You will not and able to join the parade without the parade wristband. Please try to arrive on time as last year late-comers struggled to obtain a wristband.
We will also be milling around in the village afterwards. Both socialising together, and also as an OutdoorLads presence to engage with non-members. We may send groups of three or four members out and about throughout the rest of the day to engage members of the public and most importantly, sticker people up, and hopefully sign up new members, whilst enjoying drinks together (in the sunshine! - hopefully).
Where we will congregate this year is TBC.
If you are joining us in the village afterwards, you will need the separate Big Weekend pride event wristband - the parade wristband does not allow you into the pride event. It’s probably best getting your pride Big Weekend event wristband before joining us at the Castlefield Roman Gardens off Liverpool Road.
We will also be having a social event on the Sunday night - event coming soon - come along and catch up with old friends and make a few new ones along the way :)
More details will be added here and sent out to participants as it all develops, it's going to be fantastic!
Can't wait to see you all there!
What to bring
RED OUTDOORLADS TSHIRT!
See event description for kit ideas.