Pride might be cancelled this year – but love is not

Manchester Pride is one of the many events that won’t be going ahead this year. Instead the city will be celebrating at home via the ‘Alternative Pride Festival’ – a spectrum of online content being broadcast across a variety of platforms across Pride weekend

Afflecks has always been a beacon for the LGBTQ+ community as well as a huge supporter of Pride

So people are properly kitted out, traders from independent shopping emporium Afflecks have come together to make sure that any Pride celebrations taking place at home can be as colourful and utterly fabulous as those that usually happen on our streets.

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Queer mug (bottom left), queer rainbow socks (in the mug), disco bum bag (inside the bag at front), Love is Love earrings (on top of bum bag), rainbow bandana (bottom right, on top of feather boa)

The Gay Pride Shop (the biggest Pride and gender identity shop in the UK) and other traders have come up with a ‘Pride at Home’ kit which contains everything that you could possibly need for a loud, proud festival experience in your own home. 

Everything in kit is available from Afflecks and the emporium is open every day up to Pride, so festival revellers can explore all three floors and pick up everything they need: from rainbow glitter and disco bum bags to snuggly socks, earrings, bandanas and themed mugs. 

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Afflecks has everything you'll need to make your Alternative Pride celebrations a huge success

Take a tour...

Enter Afflecks on the ground floor via Church Street and head straight to Luna – the first shop you’ll see straight ahead. In this independent, youth-focused festival fashion store you can pick up your key accessories.

Next head up the stairs to the second floor and seek out American Graffiti - the vintage and fancy dress shop which has been trading at Afflecks since it opened in 1982. They have a huge range of party outfits and accessories to kit you out with.

Then head around to the other side of the second floor to the Gay Pride Shop and complete the kit with key pieces for decoration of your home such as rainbow balloons, Love Is Love Bunting and a rainbow MUOBU festival glitter selection as well as rainbow plates, cups, face masks, flags and banners.

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Afflecks has been Manchester's best alternative shopping experience since it opened in 1982 Jody Hartley

Afflecks has always been a beacon for the LGBTQ+ community as well as a huge supporter of Pride. The Gay Pride Shop is newly expanded and now stocks an absolute treasure trove of LGBTQ+ gifts, accessories, clothing, party gear, jewellery and more.

Afflecks are even giving one of the ‘Pride at Home’ away to a lucky winner – head to @afflecks_manchester on Instagram to enter.

Also read: Top things to do in Manchester: August 2020

Read again: Manchester Pride Festival POSTPONED until 2021