Councillor Pat Karney estimates around 200,000 people turned out for Sunday's Manchester Day parade through the city centre.
Around 2000 people took part in the parade, representing community groups from across the city.
Thousands have flocked to Manchester city centre for the annual Manchester Day parade. Councillor Pat Karney was amongst those enjoying the show.
The parade will be around one mile long and take up to an hour to pass any one point.
The parade leaves Liverpool Road at 1pm and takes in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Beetham Tower, Albert Square and Deansgate.
Approximate times for the parade are:
Albert Square 1.15pm;
Exchange Square (head of the parade arrives) 1.45pm;
Exchange Square (end of the parade) 2.30pm
Liverpool Road (from Potato Wharf to Deansgate) will be closed between 7am and 6pm:
Corporation Street (from Withy Grove to Todd Street) and Withy Grove (from Dantzic Street to Corporation Street) will be closed between 1.30pm and 3pm.
The following roads will be closed between midday and 5pm:
Deansgate (from Liverpool Road to Cateaton Street)
Peter Street (from Lower Mosley Street to Deansgate)
John Dalton Street
The roads below will be closed between 10am and 7pm:
Albert Square (from Lloyd Street to Princess Street)
Mount Street (from Lloyd Street to Peter Street)
Princess Street (from Albert Square to Cooper Street)
The fifth Manchester Day of celebrations takes over the city today.
The festival includes a parade and, for the first time, the city's central squares will be filled with a host of activities between midday and 6pm.
The parade starts at 1pm on Liverpool Road, led this year by a gigantic fish - called Gilly the Globe Fish - suspended high in the air and accompanied on the ground by a shoal of frolicking fish and dancing jellies.