Dundee will throw open its arms to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (and allies) from all over East Scotland this weekend for the city’s first ever Pride.
Fresh from the spectacular launch of the new V&A Museum at the fantastic waterfront development, the city plays host to a huge Pride spectacular on Saturday, with a parade and festival event in City Square.
As well as the traditional march, which is expected to attracted over 3000 people, there will also be live entertainment, a community marketplace, youth zone and food and drink vendors as the main complex outside the famous Caird Hall is transformed into a festival space.
Local drag supremo ‘Buschie Fandango’ will host activities for the day, with headline sponsors Tay FM also providing a team of presenters to keep the day moving. The main stage will feature performances from local talent, as well as 90’s dance sensation Rozalla (“Everybody’s Free”), Sean Smith and popular singer Allan Jay. The event will be officially opened by local MSP, Joe Fitzpatrick.
Meanwhile at the indoor venue, the Marryat Hall will host the Purple Dragons Youth Zone, a joint initiative between LGBT Youth Scotland and Pink Saltire. Young people under 25yo from the city have been organising events for their peers, which will include a Gayming space, queer literature, open mic, a live drag show, showtunes from Tom Richmond and a live performance from Beth Wood. Events are being hosted by drag queens Kiko and Kat A Clysmic.
Scottish Government Minister for Older People & Equalities, Christina McKelvie will perform the official opening at the Youth Zone ahead of a special ceremony to mark the achievement of LGBT Charter Mark Awards by Grove Academy, Dundee Medical School and The Corner. LGBT Youth Scotland will also be celebrating their 10th year operating in the city with a special anniversary cake!
Elsewhere in the city, Dundee’s LGBT bars are putting on a fantastic range of entertainment – POUT have Ru Paul’s Drag Race queen Charlie Hides as well as 90’s dance legends Livin Joy and Cher In Drag! Over at Klozet they have Nick Shane, Miss Tish Ewe, Reba Martell, Ginger Rogers and Just Jesse to keep the crowds happy. Meanwhile the Dundee University Students Association are hosting the official Pride Afterparty including live performances at their Airlie Place venue.
Pride host, Buschie Fandango, has been out and about drumming up support around the city this week and told Pink Saltire:
“The closer Dundee Pride gets the more excitable (and unbearable to live with) I become! This is a fantastic way to show how amazing and supportive Dundee is now. It’s going to be one big party to celebrate how fabulous we all are! 😘💋”
The first ever Dundee Pride march gets underway at 12noon from the city square on High Street, with festival events in the square kicking off at around 1pm. The Youth Zone at Marryat Hall opens at 1.30pm.