The North East of Scotland will celebrate the second Grampian Pride as the city turns all kinds of rainbow colours this weekend!
After successful Pride events in East Lothian, Oban and at Trans Pride in Dundee, it’s the granite city’s big day as Pride returns to Aberdeen on Saturday.
Thousands will line Union Street in the heart of the city for a massive Pride march, which kicks off at 10.30am.
After the parade, there’s activity spread out all over the city, including a family fringe with events at Aberdeen Arts Centre, Brewdog, Siberia, The Wig and Blackfriars from 11am.
The huge Pride Village site opens at Queens Links from 1pm, with live entertainment all day, food and drinks, community stalls and plenty of fun for all ages. Being so close to the Cadonas amusement park means Grampian Pride is one of the few with a massive funfair right on its doorstep too!
Pink Saltire will also be there on the day, our fourth Pride event of the year, with a range of Pride merchandise, our LGBT Heritage display and we’ll be reporting live from the city across the world on Pride Radio Scotland!
Headlining the main stage will be 90s dance legend Rozalla, X-Factor’s James Hughes as well as pop dance sensations Booty Luv, both sure to get the crowds jumping. Making his Pride debut will also be the winner of Grampian’s Got Talent, Callum Geddes
If you didn’t have enough fun and celebrations during the day, Aberdeen will have one of the biggest range of events to continue the party all night long too!
There’s Pre-Pride fun on Friday night with the Boy George Experience at the Carmelite Hotel from 9pm with tickets £15 on the door and all proceeds going to fund Grampian Pride.
Cheerz bar and nightclub have already had a week of special guest appearances for their Pride Week, with acts including Kelly Wilde, Scarlett Lee, JX, Kelly Llorenna and the week ends with Michelle McManus and Lloyd Daniels on Friday night, Janice Robinson and Angie Brown on Saturday night and the Cheeky Girls on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the official Pride After Party will be at Unit 51, tickets priced at £10 with all proceeds going to Pride organisers. There’s also events at Cadonas with an ABBA tribute, plus loads of other theme nights at places like Siberia, Krakatoa and G Casino too.
We caught up with the Chairperson of the organisation behind Grampian Pride, Deejay Bullock, who told us:
“The rainbow flags are flying and we’re so excited to be taking over Aberdeen city centre with a host of special LGBT-inclusive events this year. In the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event which sparked our modern Pride movement, the people of the North East can come out and celebrate their love and identities in a country where LGBT+ people are now more included than ever before.”
“This event takes months of planning and wouldnt be possible without the investment from sponsors, the kindness of local businesses and organisations, the support of the Council and a brilliant team of volunteers and I want to thank them for all their efforts to help bring Grampian Pride back for 2019.”
“We all want the thousands of people attending to have a safe, happy and enjoyable Pride and know that Aberdeen and the North East is a fantastic place to just be yourself!”