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Manchester Day parade 2022 photos: 18 great pictures from the event from Little Amal to Queen Bee

Thousands of people filled the city centre to celebrate Manchester Day 2022 - here are some of our favourite photos of them enjoying the event.

Manchester Day made a welcome return to the city as thousands of people enjoyed the huge parade through the city centre.

More than 1,300 people took part in the colourful, vibrant procession on Sunday (19 June) including 896 dancers, 298 musicians, and 50 different community groups.

Headed up by a striking Queen Bee, the parade also featured a replica of Manchester Town Hall clock, a train full of holidaying horses, pulled by an engine powered by human cyclists; and the iconic Manchester railway arches, reimagined as gardens in the sky.

Another highlight was the return to Manchester of Little Amal, the giant Syrian refugee puppet who first came to Manchester last year.

Young people played a big part in the parade and also in co-ordinating the activities in Piccadilly Gardens.

Coun Pat Karney, chair of Manchester Day, said:“We never dreamt during all the lows of lockdown that we would come roaring back with 20,000 people in town for Manchester Day, once again celebrating our amazing city and enjoying our iconic Manchester Day Parade. Manchester hugged itself today - and it was sensational! So good to be back!”

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