Glasgow is preparing for its annual Pride spectacular, Scotland’s largest LGBT+ event, with activities set to take place across the city this weekend.
The Pride Glasgow march will begin at 12noon with a new route through the city, starting alongside the river on Clyde Place then through the some of Glasgow’s busiest streets and heads up Argyle Street towards its temporary home in the west end.
Organisers estimate the parade will have over 8000 participants this year, with colourful floats, bands and walkers painting the city with rainbow colours and glitter all the way!
For 2018, the main festival event has moved to Kelvingrove Park due to the Glasgow European Championships taking place in its usual home of Glasgow Green. There’s a huge bill of entertainment to look forward to across the weekend, including Mel C, Courtney Act, Grace Davies, GBX, The Sundaes and Ian van Dahl vs Lasgo. There’s an extended Community Expo and Marketplace for all those keen freebie-hunters, a bigger Family Zone (recognising the theme for 2018 of Year of Young People) and the ever-popular fairground rides to keep the adrenaline pumping!
Pink Saltire will be taking part in the Festival, bringing our new LGBT heritage exhibition to Glasgow for the first time (look out for the big pink gazebo).
Organisers have also made efforts to make the event more inclusive for 2018, with the introduction of a free entertainment space at the Kelvingrove Bandstand from 2pm til 6pm each day featuring a glittering array of local talent.
The festival also sees the introduction of another new element, with a full concert by pop legends STEPS on the Sunday evening as a separately ticketed event within the Pride site.
For your guide to everything about the Pride Glasgow event, check out the official ‘Pride Guide’ here.
A number of scene venues are also holding special Pride-themed events, with the popular Katie’s Bar on John Street providing the perfect setting for the return of singing sensation and Pop Idol winner, Michelle McManus. They’ll also have a Traffic Light Party on Friday 13th, the fantastic Ginger Rogers, Michael Marouli and The Sugahoneyz on Saturday followed by another outstanding line-up with Britain’s Got Talent and LGBT legend, Danny Beard performing on Sunday.
Just round the corner, Delmonicas has a special beach party theme all week, including a huge £500 quiz jackpot on Thursday 12th and karaoke with the fabulous Bella Houston on Friday. Fellow G1 venue, Speakeasy will have a Bears Beach Night on Friday as well as drag dame Nancy Clench hitting the decks on Sunday night.
Meanwhile the two main nightclubs on the scene have a packed line-up with AXM serving up drag heaven with Adore Delano’s Time Hop Party on Friday and Sunday and 80’s icon Nicki French and a special GBX pride edition sandwiched in-between on the Saturday night. The Polo Lounge will be hoping the weather stays fair for the Beach Party Drag Ball on Friday with Mothertucker and Darren Pop hosting the Annual Drag Ball, while Polo continues the Pride vibe with DJ’s playing all day on Saturday and Sunday to keep the party going.
Elsewhere, now in its fourth year, Glasgow’s alternative ‘anti-commercial’ Free Pride event also had to move home due to the disruption on Sauchiehall Street, after the recent fire at the Glasgow School of Art.
Free Pride will instead be held from 1pm on Saturday 14th July at the Queen Margaret Union, University Gardens in Glasgow, featuring a full day of ‘stalls, talks, workshops, music, arts & crafts, and ideas sharing’. Although details are yet to be announced of the events taking place, you can find out more about Free Pride by visiting their Facebook page here.
Also at the same venue on Saturday is a discussion event in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance, LGBT Health & Wellbeing and Free Pride.
The event will explore the intersection between disabled and LGBTQ identities and will set questions such as ‘How do sexuality and disability connect’, ‘What would a disabled pride look like’ and ‘How are LGBTQ disabled people represented in the wider world’.
The meeting starts at 2.30pm and is free to attend. You can find out more about the ‘Disability Led Pride’ discussion by clicking on the link below.