An estimated 3,500 people celebrated diversity and inclusion in Kirkcaldy at the weekend as part of the first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride event held across the Kingdom.
And in a survey of people who attended, it seems the event could offer a big boost for local businesses, with an estimated £150,000 being spent in the town on the day.
Fife Pride kicked off with a colourful and vibrant parade along Kirkcaldy High Street, with onlookers packing the town centre as hundreds of people came out to support equal rights and to challenge stereotypes.
Then it was a day of fun and entertainment in Kirkcaldy Town Square with stars including X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels, 90’s soul and disco diva Kym Mazelle and ‘Mysterious Times’ singer, Tina Cousins, topping the bill.
Over 20 community groups were involved in the day, with the Royal Navy, Police Scotland and Sky amongst the stallholders. The day was co-hosted by Scene Radio presenter, ‘Mr Fabulous’ and Dunfermline drag queen Nancy Clench!
Pride Chairman, Stuart Duffy, opened the events on the main stage and said it was a major step forward for the Kingdom:
“It’s not just enough to come out for one day and be open and feel proud, we need you to live that every single day of your lives. Stand up and be proud, that’s what our message has been about. This first Pride today demonstrates that times are changing. Let this be the moment that LGBT+ people in Fife stood up and said with one voice “We’re here, we’re queer and we’re not going anywhere!”
There was no shortage of local talent on stage to entertain the crowds too, with local artistic group Pole O Rama providing acrobatics as well as live music from OSKAR Braves, Martin McGroarty and ‘Album of the Year’ shortlisted Nick Shane.
Fife Council have committed to multi-year funding for the event, with Council Co-Leader David Ross confirming the move when he addressed the crowds on stage.
“Sometimes its difficult in places with an industrial past or with rural communities, attitudes sometimes take some time to change, but this event today and the work that has gone on in the lead up to Pride, will hurry that change along.” he said. “We need to stand together and show that we can combat discrimination in all its forms. We want to see this [Pride] happening every year!”