Taken from the Manchester Evening News:
A host of larger-than-life music icons will star in this weekend’s Manchester Day parade – thanks to the hard work of creative youngsters.
Giant puppets of Morrissey, M People singer Heather Small and a two-headed Noel and Liam Gallagher will take part in the celebrations on Sunday.
They’ve been made by a group of 25 seven to 19-year-olds from across east Manchester – with help from housing association Eastlands Homes.
Bridget Halliday, the group’s youth involvement officer, said: “They’ve really enjoyed the workshops and are looking forwarding to representing their community in the parade.”
Some 1,600 people are preparing to take part in the parade with more than 50,000 people expected to come to the city centre to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
Organisers say last year’s parade was an overwhelming success and generated more than 4m for the economy.
Council chiefs are hoping the turnout will be even better for this year’s ‘voyage of discovery’ themed event.
Sport, literature, medicine, music and diversity are among the sections of the parade which will honour some of Manchester’s greatest achievements.
Schoolchildren, community groups, charities, sports clubs and dancers are all taking part.
Participants have been working with professional artists and parade producers Walk the Plank at a workshop in Castlefield where the floats are now lined up ready for the big day.
Highlights are set to include a giant model of fantasy hero Gulliver, a Manchester galleon inspired by the city’s coat of arms and a contingent of mythical beasts including a rubbish-eating monster.
The parade leaves Liverpool Road in Castlefield at 2pm. It will travel along Deansgate, St Mary’s Gate, Church Street, through Albert Square and along Mount Street and Peter Street.