Celebrating Sparkle's 10th Anniversary ... Sparkle in the Park will be on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July
Welcome to Sparkle the National Transgender Celebration - a weekend festival held every July, in the Village area of Manchester. This year is very special as we are celebrating 10 years of Sparkle. To mark this amazing anniversary Sparkle in the Park will be taking place on the Saturday and Sunday this year. We are hoping this will be the biggest and best Sparkle festival to date so please come and join in the celebrations as together we share pride in our trans-identity!
Sparkle is open to everyone who sees themselves as Transgender (and their friends and families) no matter if they be living full-time or just ‘dressing up’ for an occasional Saturday night out. We accept the differing aspirations and needs of the various people within our community, but invite all to come together and share our celebration. Every TG person has a place at Sparkle and a warm welcome is on offer to all! It is our chance to be proud of who we are and show the world what being TG is all about. The most important person at Sparkle is you, this is your weekend so make the most of it and enjoy being yourself amongst friends!
Sparkle is an inclusive festival, so we make a special effort to include our female to male (FtM), Gender Queer and drag king friends across the whole weekend.
Sparkle 2013 (our ninth) was another outstanding success, with the best weather we have ever had in the event's history. A glorious summer's day in the park was fabulous and helped attract local people, families and our friends from Canal Street to share the day with us. The weekend has been heralded by many as the “best yet” and was enjoyed by many people from right across the TG spectrum. This year also saw our very first Sparkle Official Opening Ceremony in Sackville Gardens (click here for a short video clip) and we also had a special Youth Zone which was enjoyed by young TG people as well as local families. Sackville Gardens also hosted a special ceremony on the Sunday to mark the opening of the Trans Memorial Gardens. And let's not forget another great selection of talks and workshops held on the Saturday and Sunday, which covered a wealth of topics and subjects and were, as always, very well attended.
Miss Sparkle was back and congratulations go to Miss Sparkle 2013: Miss Lexi McPherson (pictured left) from Manchester and Miss Golden Sparkle: Mandy Eye-Candy. Thanks so much to all our sponsors, without whom there would be no Sparkle, to all the helpers, stewards, performers and everyone else who put in so much hard work. And most of all to all of those who attended and made the weekend such a great success … see you all again next July for our 10th anniversary celebrations...