Manchester to host Halloween parade

Zombie couple
Image caption Manchester city centre hosted a Zombie walk last July

Manchester is set to have its first Halloween parade, it has been announced.

It is being planned by Carl Whiteley, the man behind the Zombie-Aid walk in the city last year.

He hopes 2,000 people will join the parade through the city's streets on 31 October, and that it will grow to be on the scale of New York's annual parade.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester council's city centre spokesman, said he was "very excited".

"Halloween has become the biggest event just before Christmas," he said.

"It is a great opportunity for everyone to dress up and have a whale of a time."

Mr Whiteley, from Salford, said the plans were still in the early stages but the event would include raising money for three charities: Make a Wish Foundation, The Christie and Manchester Carers.

He said the route would have to stick to pedestrianised areas as road closures would cost thousands of pounds to police.

"It's not going to be on a massive scale this year, but we are hoping to make it bigger next year," he said.

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