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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We will be transforming a series of historic lock gates and a bridge crossing over the Rochdale Canal into rainbow colours - to celebrate Manchester Pride.
Running through the heart of Manchester city centre, the Rochdale Canal is one of the main focal points of Manchester’s gay village. Brightly coloured banners will temporarily transform a 200-year-old bridge over the waterway into 3D rainbows. The lock balance beams which are used to push the lock gates open will also be transformed using a rainbow palette.
We will also host a unique performance on the floating pontoon situated on the canal at Canal Street as part of the festivities, as well as taking part in the procession.
Volunteers have been working hard with us to ensure that the Rochdale Canal is sparkling for the celebrations, with a series of clean-up and tidying events.
Gillian Renshaw, our development and engagement manager said: "Not many people realise the canals are managed by a charity which is why we wanted to further embrace the location and relationship of the canal with Manchester’s gay village. What better way to show this by transforming our locks and bridge where our live acts stage will be into rainbow colours to celebrate this amazing event!
"This is a wonderful and significant event to be involved in, but we do of course want everyone to take pride in our wonderful canals all year round!
"We’ll also be joining in the procession, look out for Vinnie our Water Vole who will lead us all with pride through the streets of Manchester. We hope everyone has a fantastic time, but please stay safe near the water."
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