Get Involved Our Events 2017 Manchester Duck Race It's back! Visitors to Spinningfields and New Bailey on Good Friday will see The River Irwell turn bright yellow! Your eyes will not be playing tricks, there really will be over 5,000 small plastic ducks jostling for position in an attempt to be crowned the winner of the 8th Family Manchester Duck Race! There is also a Corporate Duck Race to warm the waters, prior to the main event. So your workplace can go to town, decorate and be in with a chance of winning the prestigious Best Dressed Duck competition. The feathery fun doesn’t stop there – the surrounding area will be filled with fun fairs, themed markets, celebrities and entertainers. All proceeds go to support local children following a Brainwave programme so time to quack on, buy your ducks and we hope to see you on race day! To purchase ducks please visit our 2017 Manchester Duck Race Shop here.