Over the weekend there seemed to be a lot of festivals, fetes and gatherings that I would have loved to have gone to. There were things going on in Didsbury and The Heatons as well as a fete locally in Gee Cross.
We had intended to go to the Gee Cross one, but changed our minds when we realised it was the Manchester Day Parade. I haven’t been to this before, I think it’s a fairly new thing (only the last 2/3 years) but thought it might be something good to take the children to. It had the added bonus of one of my friends taking part in the Fire Service float.
So, after breakfast at my parents we headed into the city centre. both the children fell asleep on the way so we carried them both – Daniel on my back in the tula and Emma with Damian in the Rose & Rebelion. We decided we would heed the advice of the parade organisers and watch it up near Beetham Tower – it’s a bit more open there so less chance of getting squished or the children being caught between legs. As it was we found a great spot on the corner of Quay Street so decided we would stay there. Daniel was treated to a wiggly snake for the bargain price of £1.
We did try to get a nice family photo, but the one below is the best I could manage!
As the parade started Emma was moved to Damian’s shoulders and I stood with Daniel. The parade was about an hour long and it was excellent. Lots of colour, sound and variety and it was a real example of just all the amazing things that go on in out wonderful city. There were dance groups, theatre groups etc that I have never heard off but they were there showing the city what they do. Some of the floats were particularly impressive, I liked the one from Oldham which was a swimmer, the Newton Heath Suffragettes, the dalmatians and Cruella de Ville. Daniel liked the dog from GMFRS – I think it’s called Cracker. He was talking about the doggie waving from the Fire Engine last night!
There was lots happening across the city yesterday, we didn’t really take in anything else as it was a bit of a last minute thing to go in and we hadn’t really had a look at what was going on. I will be looking out for it again next year and making sure we make a day of it.