Pride Glasgow have announced their march and festival will return on 17th & 18th August and will be staged at The Riverside Museum for the first time.
In a statement released from organisers, the event was confirmed for the iconic Clyde-side location, and Pride returns with a new logo and new website to support the event.
Tickets for Pride Glasgow, the only Pride festival in Scotland which is not free to attend, went on sale immediately, priced from £8 for a single day (early bird rate) on the new website at www.prideglasgow.com
The announcement appears to be a humiliating u-turn by Glasgow City Council and Riverside Museum operators, Glasgow Life, who previously said Pride would be stopped from using any facilities in the city until debt had been repaid. Several Glasgow Councillors have also publicly backed the city’s new event, MardiGla, as a replacement event.
Pride Glasgow Chair, Chris Laing, said:
“There is something for everyone as always and we’re using our creativity to ensure there are plenty of photo opportunities which will be fun, but we’re also planning the safety and flow of the event to ensure a smooth running of the weekend.”
“It’s fair to say we’ve had a rough ride since last year’s event. However, we’ve listened, taken professional advice and we’re confident that we have a really excellent event for the LGBTQI+ community in Glasgow and further afield.”
Pride Glasgow have also confirmed to Pink Saltire that they have dropped the threat of legal action against MardiGla operators, The LGBT Co-op, and are keen to engage with the group to ensure both organisations can co-exist in the city.
In a short statement, a spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said:
“The Council has made it clear to organisers that any use of a Council-owned venue is contingent on payment being made in advance and settlement of outstanding charges.”
The Pride Glasgow march is set to take place on Saturday 17th August, with details on Glasgow City Council’s website appearing to indicate a starting point on Clyde Place, via George Square and ending at the Riverside Museum, although a route is yet to be confirmed by the organisers themselves.
Pride Glasgow also confirmed that those who were promised a VIP ticket for the 2019 event, following ticketing problems last year, will be contacted shortly with details of how to claim their package for the new Riverside event.
Glasgow will be in the unique position of having 2 major Pride events, the only place in Scotland which will host separate marches and festival events twice in the same year. The other event, MardiGla organised by The LGBT Co-op, will be held on 20th & 21st July around the Merchant City area, with a march through the city due to take place on the 20th July.
Pride Glasgow’s announcement brings the total number of Pride’s in Scotland to a record-breaking 17 events, with all the details listed on our Pride section here on our website.