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Manchester Pride is the current name of the annual Gay Pride festival held in the city of Manchester in the North West of England in the United Kingdom. It is one of the longest running in the country and attracts thousands of visitors to the city's Gay Village, which centres around Canal Street, each year. The current Ten Day Festival includes a "Pride Fringe" with a series of arts, music and cultural events all over the city as well as community events including poetry readings, quizzes and film showings, culminating in "The Big Weekend", a 72 hour party during the August bank holiday weekend in Canal Street and the surrounding area, with a Pride march through the streets of Manchester.

The first LGBT August Bank Holiday fundraiser was held outside The Rembrandt Hotel in Manchester in 1990. It was not a Pride event. The purpose was solely to raise money for HIV and AIDS causes, in particular for the ward at Monsall Hospital where people received treatment. By the following year there was a full programme of activities from Friday to Monday and it was christened "the Carnival of Fun Weekend". On the Monday evening in 1991 it was announced that a good-luck telegram had been received from Diana Princess of Wales. Over the following years, the event grew and was known as Mardi Gras. It developed with support from the VBA (Village Business Association).

At the closing ceremony in 2003, it was announced that the event would be now be known as "Manchester Pride" (the manchesterpride.com domain name was registered by the web designers on behalf of Pride in April 2003) and in 2007 it became a Charity in its own right (charity number 1117848). One reason for this change was because in 2006 Customs and Excise had tried to charge back VAT for several years. This happened because, in their view, Manchester Pride was no longer a charity fundraiser. Increasing commercialisation meant that a dwindling percentage of the income reached a final good cause. By 2010 just over 11% of Manchester Pride's total income was reaching a good cause in the end. Since Europride 2003, the event has been organised by a Pride committee, in conjunction with Marketing Manchester, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, and George House Trust. The area is once again cordoned off and gated, and wristbands must be bought to gain entry to the "compound". Some of the performers over the past 7 years include The Gossip, Kelis, The Human League, Samantha Fox and Dana International, as well as popular LGBT performers like Claire Mooney, Heather Peace and Valentino King, a Drag King.

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