West Lothian Pride is set for its biggest and best year yet, with a parade and festival through Livingston this weekend.
Now in it’s fourth year, Pride will be held at West Lothian College in Livingston on Saturday 28th July.
Festivities kick off at 1pm when the Pride Village opens at the College campus, before a colourful Parade sets off at 1.45pm. The parade route will take in the busy town centre before heading back to the College for a day of entertainment and stalls.
Joining event partners Scene Radio will be X-Factor’s Ryan Lawrie, as well as Sian Cross, Haylee G – Devils in Skirts and The Rabbit Hole drag show, all sewn together by host ‘Mr Fabulous’ himself, James Smith.
Spokesperson for the organising team, Maggie Archibald told us:
“The small, dedicated team at West Lothian Pride are delighted to be delivering our 4th Pride, a youth and family-focussed community event which continues to grow. We are very proud of what we have achieved this year, in particular the launch of our first Pride After-Party ‘I Am What I Am’ and the marketing and promotion of the event, although this wouldn’t be possible without a small group of amazing sponsors.”
The group attracted funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards for All’ programme earlier this year, allowing them to expand the range of activity on offer.
West Lothian Council have also continued their support of the event, one of the only local authorities to actively support a Pride event in Scotland.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Kirsteen Sullivan, said:
“West Lothian Pride is going from strength to strength with a fabulous day’s activities planned for its fourth year. It’s always fantastic to see so many local residents showing their support for West Lothian’s LGBT community at what is always a lively and colourful event.”
Activities at the Pride Village come to a close around 7.30pm but there’s a free ‘I Am What I Am’ afterparty in the town for those who want to keep the party going at Livingston Football Club.
Free tickets must be organised in advance by registering at the link here.
Organisers also have a crowdfunder to raise vital funds to keep Pride going. You can support the event by contributing even a small amount here.
Pic credits: West Lothian Pride