Manchester Pride is unmissable this weekend but you don't have to have a wristband to enjoy some of the best events in the city. Here's Gary's cheeky Manchester Pride suggestions to add a little alternative spice to your weekend including some cute film events...



Creatures of Catharsis Queer Pride Special kicks off the weekend a day early at Jimmy's in the NQ from 8pm with an actually queer, all local lineup of artists curated by Beau Blonde and hosted by Make A Scene's own Grace Oni Smith! A must!






New documentary Invisible Women kicks off Superbia Weekender in style... the film is about Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald who have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights as women and as lesbians. The Superbia Weekend is curated by Manchester Pride but is free and based at No 70 Oxford Street. It's an alcohol free zone so great for anyone doing a booze free weekend or is in recovery. 

Of course Bollox is a completely unmissable party to start your weekend and is hosted by our very own gorgeous Grace Oni Smith, fresh off the plane from Berlin!




Don't rain on my parade, Barbra famously screeched off the side of a tug boat and it looks like the weather's gonna be nice for Pride's free, annual centrepiece attraction.

Post parade you could do worse than going to the Northern Quarter for a bev with Good Afternoon DJing at Flok on Stevenson Square being a great option.

In the evening there's Homoelectric at Hidden, High Hoops at The White Hotel or a drag queen smackdown and the chance to meet Drag Race judge Michelle Visage at The Hunty Games at The Ruby Lounge.

Or catch Violet Blonde (pictured) amongst others at the totally free Superbia cabaret at No 70. From 8pm-10pm


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At Superbia Weekend there's David Hoyle's recovery film My Recoverist Family from 2pm then a screening of Visible a film about the rich history of LGBTQIA people of colour from 3.30pm and another chance to see the new Boiler Room documentary about Manchester - Flaehback at 6.45pm. Oh and Darren Pritchard is doing a free vogue workshop from 7.30pm! What a day!

Moist Collective's event Remember! Pride is a Protest! is obviously a reminder of our queer past and the meaning of Pride with games, music and a showcase of queer talent with a political message from 7pm at Common.

Kiss Me Again is sold out but is obviously the place to be for Sunday night partying if you're not hungover to fuck or in some sort of k-hole somewhere or try something new with HER Manchester Pride & Low Key Lust: WOMXN TAKE OVER at Tribeca from 10pm featuring House of Ghetto dancers and a lineup of all female DJs including Gina Breeze (Homoelectric)

Or you can join queer DJ collective boygirl for their Pride takeover of Northern Quarter bar Stage and Radio with guest DJs from Meat Free.



In the Pride compound Superbia takeover of the Boutique Stage with some actual local acts gracing a Pride stage for once (thanks to Greg Thorpe!) including Beau and Violet Blonde, Husk and too-hot-for-YouTube Monopoly Phonic.

And of course there's the Candlelit Vigil on Sackville Gardens to remember those we've lost on the journey to getting to where we are today.





Gary Williams