This weekend’s Pride may be last to have Canal Street at its centre as exodus gathers pace amid redevelopment

For decades, Canal Street has been the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village, the “c” on the sign often painted out by revellers. This weekend, as it has for the past 32 years, it will be the centre of the city’s annual Pride celebrations.

But before the 2018 event, organisers warned that next year’s Pride would look radically different. The main stage will no longer be in the car park because the land has been sold off to hotel developers. Where it goes is not yet decided, but it is all part of a move out of Canal Street by much of LGBT life, as older people settle down and the young shun a commercialised Canal Street in favour of clubbing in the old warehouses of Salford.

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