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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Canal Street Gay Village

Canal Street, not far from Manchester Piccadilly Station, is the city's Gay Village packed with gay bars, clubs and cafes.



The street runs parallel to the Rochdale Canal and came into its own as an established gay district in the 1990s with the onset of greater tolerance for gay life and businesses, especially in Manchester.

Before the 1990s, gay people and gay meeting places in the area were often subject to police harassment.



Canal Street and its gay life was featured in the successful UK TV series, Queer as Folk, which helped to publicise the area.

Canal Street is the hub of Manchester's Gay Pride Festival to be held on 26-29 August in 2011 and thereafter over the August Bank Holiday, the same long weekend as the Notting Hill Carnival in London. Canal Street is a short walk from Manchester's Chinatown.



Canal Street

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