Dumfries will hold its first major Pride event in 10 years this weekend, in celebration of the thriving community in the region.
Events kick off at midday on Saturday 15th September and the Plane Stane in Dumfries town centre will be home to the main stage with live entertainment, a youth zone, market place, exhibitions and even a dog competition!
Live on stage will be a host of fantastic performers, showcasing the excellent local talent, as well as Smashby, Channy, Krow, Ross Alexander and Danny Beard. There will also be music at The Globe Theatre from 5pm and then a fun-packed after-party at The Theatre Royal from 8pm.
The event is part of the ‘Day of the Region’ programme supported by the D&G LEADER fund. Pride organisers from Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus are looking forward to welcoming people to the town and showing everything that south west Scotland has to offer. Charity Manager, Johnathon Gallagher told us:
“D&G LGBT Plus is proud to continue our partnership with Day of the Region to bring DG Pride 2018 to the heart of Dumfries town centre for the first time. This year’s event is on a grand scale and I personally thank all the sponsors and partners involved for their commitment to supporting us. This event will bring the LGBTQIA community, their supporters and allies together to have a fun day to celebrate pride and diversity in this region”.
The town last held a major Pride event back in 2008, with Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus performing, as well as 90’s singer Rozalla. The 2018 event builds upon a smaller ‘Pride in our Community’ event held in 2017 and demonstrates the continuing development of work in the region and across Scotland, especially outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Dumfries held the LGBT Youth National Gathering in April this year, with over 250 young people from all over Scotland coming together for weekend to explore issues affecting LGBT+ young people and celebrate their diversity.
Dumfries joins a long list of LGBT+ Pride events this year too, from Grampian to the Isle of Bute, it’s been a record-breaking year for LGBT visibility and Pride events in 2018. New events are still planned in Dundee (22nd Sept) and Inverness (6th Oct) before the long season comes to an end.
You can follow all the latest for Dumfries & Galloway Pride on their Facebook page here.