During the late afternoon, large crowds gathered on “the meadow” next to Princess Road. Police estimated their numbers at a thousand by early evening. One reporter from the Guardian noted the vendors selling hot dogs and ice cream, writing
It was almost a carnival atmosphere.
Of the crowd on the grass, about a quarter were white, and they were mostly young. Photographs from the time reveal that the crowds were mixed in age, gender and race.
During the evening of 9 July, as well as the clashes that took place between in Moss Side, there were also fire bombings in Salford, Gorton, and Rusholme. There was some looting in Salford and in Wythenshawe where a police vehicle stoned.