Pride Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest celebration of LGBTI equality, will take place this weekend (August 22nd and 23rd) at Glasgow Green with performances from Texas, Union J, Heather Peace, Katrina (ex the Waves), Rozalla, GBX and many more.
The Annual Pride Parade, which this year focuses on raising awareness of Transgender rights, will take place on Saturday with participants assembling on Glasgow Green at 12.15pm. The parade will begin at 1pm and the route will encompass the city centre before returning to Glasgow Green with floats and walking groups from a variety of organisations and businesses – including The Equality Network, Dogs Trust, The Gay Police Association and many more. Prior to the start of the Parade the Equality Network, one of Scotland’s leading LGBTI equality and human rights charities, will host a rally.
Pride Glasgow’s main stage will see speeches from TIE Campaign (a campaign for LGBTI education as a statutory right in the curriculum of Scottish schools), The Equality Network/Scottish Transgender Alliance and the Steve Retson Project which will be discussing the new approach to Sexual Health Services in Glasgow.
The event is being held for the first time over 2 days with 12,000 people expected to take part across the weekend. Pride Glasgow will be headlined and closed by Scottish music legends Texas as well as performances from Union J, Heather Peace, Rozalla, Katrina (ex the Waves) and a DJ set from the legendary clyde 1 DJ George Bowie.
The main festival site will open at 12pm and will host over 100 community, charity and trading stalls offering advice, freebies and selling a range of merchandise. There will also be a community stage with circus performances throughout the day with live music and performances from 4pm alongside the popular Pride Funfair.
There will also be a free Youth Space for Young LGBT People aged 13-25 run in partnership with Pride Glasgow, LGBT Youth, Glasgow Life and Castlemilk Youth Complex with a live performance from Lloyd Daniels.
Sunday 23rd of August sees the inaugural Pride Glasgow Dog Show – supported by the SSPCA and Dogs Trust and with categories including best biscuit catcher and Most Camp Dog, this is certainly one part of the event that will get tails wagging!
Alastair Smith, Chief Executive of Pride Glasgow, commenting on this weekend said: “This year marks 20 years of Pride Events in Scotland and we have come a long way since the first Pride events. Pride is a chance for the LGBTI community and their friends, family and supporters to come together and celebrate the achievements of the community and to stand together as one and raise awareness of the issues that we still face”
Tickets for the Pride Glasgow main event are on sale from £8 and are available online at www.pride.scot or from the on site box office over the weekend.