Bring back the 90s for Manchester Pride

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To celebrate its 25th birthday, Manchester Pride is giving everyone around town an opportunity to celebrate – by turning Froday 14 August into a city-wide party in the office.

In order to show their support for the charity, Manchester Pride is inviting city residents to show the love and their LGBT street cred by wearing their best 90s attire and whacking on some of their favourite 90s tunes at work – while raising money for LGBT charities and community groups across the region.

Two weeks before the start of the Big Weekend celebration, businesses and their employees can take part with Spotify playlists, a Boom-Box squad and top giveaways going on all day across the city.

The charity will be running competitions on its social media channels, offering tickets for the Big Weekend, along with a variety of prizes themed around the decade. Businesses and LGBT networks are encouraged to run their own 90s-themed activites to show their solidarity on the day.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, said: ‘The 90s played a pivotal role in the progression of LGBT life in the city, so to celebrate this we wanted to honour the decade with something fun whilst raising essential funds for our charity.

‘Whether you’re dressing up as the Teletubbies, digging out your old Tamagotchi or getting down to a bit of 90s pop music, we want to see work places turn back the clocks to remember this defining decade.

‘Funds raised will go directly to the various LGBT organisations that we support across Greater Manchester.’

Those wanting to take part in Bring the 90s to Work Day can find more information and register their interest at the Manchester Pride website.

This year’s Pride features big names including Texas, Union J, DJ Fresh, Lucy Spraggan, Atomic Kitten, the Shane Ritchie Band and many more.

This year’s free Manchester Pride Parade will be led by Sir Ian McKellen. Tickets to the four-day long Big Weekend are currently priced at £25 for a weekend ticket, £15 for day tickets and £5 for children’s tickets.

The main Pride enclosure features the Main Arena, Sackville Gardens, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Lifestyle Expo, with proceeds helping Manchester Pride raise money for LGBT and HIV charities and organisations in Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Pride Festival Fringe will take place throughout August with arts, comedy, debate, film, literature, music, sport, theatre, family and community-led projects that encourage engagement, wellbeing and community cohesion across the region.

To find out more about the Manchester Pride you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit the website at manchesterpride.com.

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