Fife Pride organisers have announced the event will return to Kirkcaldy this summer, only the second region-wide LGBT Pride event in the Kingdom.
The Pride march and festival will take place in the birthplace of Adam Smith on Saturday 7th July, where an estimated 3000 people attended the inaugural event in 2017.
New Co-Convener of the Fife Pride team, Richard McArthur told us,
“Due to the overwhelming positive response we had from the public to our first event in the Town Square, it made sense for us to continue with Kirkcaldy as the home of Pride in Fife. The venue has great transport links and is more practical than most of the parks for people with mobility issues. We are looking forward to improving on our successful first year and we hope everyone will get the date in their diary and come visit Fife for the weekend on 7th July.”
None of the larger funded LGBT organisations operate in Fife and Richard confirmed that the Pride team are committed to delivering more social events to bring people together in the region this year.
“We had some really positive feedback from people who attended in 2017” he said, “One of the main points was around a lack of options for people just to get together more often, so I’m determined we’ll give Fifers more options for the community to socialise this year. It can be difficult when we have no LGBT bars or clubs and when the geography of Fife means people are spread out so much, but we’ll be announcing details of more events in the coming weeks.”
Fife Pride was founded from a partnership between Pink Saltire, Fife Centre for Equalities and other cultural and youth organisations in the region in 2017. It was funded through donations from Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Scene Alba Magazine, Fife Council and the local business improvement team, Kirkcaldy 4 All. The event featured live music from local acts as well as X-Factor’s Lloyd Daniels, House singer Kym Mazelle and 90’s pop sensation Tina Cousins.