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Manchester Pride Festival unveils 2024 theme as tickets officially go on sale

The city will be celebrating our LGBTQ+ communities with an exciting lineup of events and activities this summer.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 5th February 2024

Manchester Pride Festival has unveiled the theme for this year’s celebrations, as tickets have officially gone on sale.

The charity behind beloved annual event – which is a celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Manchester, and always brings thousands of people onto the streets of the city centre every August bank holiday weekend – has revealed what the Festival’s theme will be for 2024, as well as confirming its long-awaited programme of events and activities.

This year, the iconic Manchester Bee will be taking pride of place, as Manchester Pride will be paying homage to the city’s emblem through the theme ‘Buzzin To Be Queer – A Hive of Progress’.

Every year, the Festival lineup offers a wide range of activities for the LGBTQ+ community to join together and celebrate, as well as providing opportunities to advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, engage families and young people, and celebrate queer arts and culture.

This year’s Festival is set to kick-off on Friday 23 August and round out on Monday 26 August.

Manchester Pride has unveiled the theme for 2024’s Festival / Credit: Manchester Pride

The iconic Gay Village Party, Candlelit Vigil, Superbia Weekend, and Family Pride and Youth Pride MCR events are among those to have been confirmed as returning this year.

A Human Rights Forum is also on the lineup this year, and is set to bring together prominent activists and thought leaders to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today, and what people can do to bring about political and social change.


And of course, the highlight of this year’s Festival events programme has to be the return of the annual Manchester Pride Parade through the streets of Manchester, where the 2024 theme will on show and celebrated in all its glory with a powerful march that organisers say “symbolises the enduring significance of unity, resilience, and the ongoing fight for equality”.

“We’re back this year with a theme that we feel will unite the people of Manchester and our visitors under,” commented Mark Fletcher, who is the CEO of Manchester Pride.

“This symbol means so much to the city, demonstrating how Mancunians work hard to achieve great things and stand together in unity.


“Mancunians are proud to champion the city’s diverse communities and celebrate our differences, and this year, we will celebrate our theme and see the ‘Progress Bee’ become more than a symbol, instead becoming a call to action.

“It reminds us that, just like worker bees collaborating in a hive, LGBTQ+ communities and their allies can achieve great things when we work together to influence change, and it also symbolises the ongoing commitment to progress for LGBTQ+ inclusivity and equality that Manchester Pride champions all year round.”

Manchester Pride Festival returns to the city this August bank holiday weekend / Credit: Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride Festival 2024 is free to attend, with the exception of the Gay Village Party – which the first round of tickets and VIP options for are now officially on sale.

There are a variety of ticket offerings available, including day tickets and weekend passes.

Weekend tickets will set you back £37.50 each, with £2.50 from every ticket being donated to the Manchester Pride Community Fund and the money going directly to LGBTQ+ causes and projects in Greater Manchester through the distribution of grants. 


Low income tickets will be available in the coming weeks too in a bid to ensure the Festival is accessible and inclusive for all in response to the cost of living crisis, and family tickets are also available at £54 to give access to a family of up to four people. 

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As part of the accessibility scheme, Manchester Pride also offers one free personal assistant per ticket holder too.

Find out more about 2024’s Festival on the Manchester Pride website here.

Featured Image – Gemma Parker (via Manchester Pride on X)