St George’s Day 2023: 17 pictures from Manchester city centre parade as community celebrates patron saint
The annual St George’s Day parade made its way through Manchester city centre - here are the photos from the community celebration.
A procession made up of community groups, military vehicles, scooters and motorbikes, pipe and brass bands and more made its way from Miles Platting to the city centre and back again under somewhat grey skies on Sunday (23 April).
A group of volunteers based in the Miles Platting area organise the parade which has now been running for more than 15 years. The Lord Mayor of Manchester attended the event while parade participants included those who dressed up as King Henry VIII and his six wives from the Tudor period.
St George was born in Cappadocia in what is now Turkey in the fourth century AD and was probably an officer in the Roman army before he became a Christian martyr after being put to death during a period of religious persecution. Although St George’s Day is not a bank holiday, in recent years there has been a revival of interest in it and bodies including English Heritage have promoted it while events have been held celebrating England’s arts,traditions and culture.
Whether you saw the parade this year or missed the colourful spectacle, here are some pictures and videos from the event. Thanks to Tony Gribben and Nik Anand who captured the images and footage.