Glasgow is preparing for its second Pride march of the year and its third programme of LGBT events to celebrate Pride in the city!
After 12 months of turmoil and significant unrest within the community towards the organisers, Pride Glasgow today launched their 2019 programme, which includes a family day at the Barrowlands, a fun day on The Ferry at Broomielaw and ‘one night of disco heaven’ at a Studio 54-inspired disco event.
The full programme of events is available here, with many of the scene bars such as AXM, Polo Lounge, Delmonicas and The Gallery, all holding Pride-themed weekends in the city.
The Pride Glasgow march will be held on Saturday 17th August, leaving Clyde Place at 11.30am, taking a new route through the East end of the city centre, ending with community stalls at Broomielaw next to the Kingston Bridge.
The Renfrew Ferry, situated next to the march end point alongside the River Clyde, will be the focus for live entertainment from 12pm til 4pm with tribute acts as well as some of Glasgow’s best drag queens, all hosted by resident glam goth queen, CarrieAnn Crow.
Also on Saturday, The Barrowlands Ballroom will host two main events, with a family day from 12pm til 4pm featuring Got Soul Choir, Nicholas McDonald, Edward Reid, Scottish band Layaway and BGT’s Kerr James. Later in the evening the venue is being transformed into a disco setting for ‘One Night at Studio 54’ in a nod to the Stonewall 50th anniversary.
Christopher Tait, chair of Pride Glasgow, said:
“We’re thrilled to be able to deliver a programme of events for the community, by the community. Given the challenges we faced earlier in the year, we’re delighted that we’ve been able to work quickly and collaboratively to deliver some great events across the city, for a diverse audience.”
“We are expecting upwards of 5,000 in the march, the biggest and most important reason for Pride to exist – standing up for our rights. If members of the public would like to join in, they can either join at the start or line the streets to cheer the march on. It’s a peaceful and family-orientated event.”
Earlier in the summer, the city played host to both the MardiGla march on 20th July, which saw an estimated 7,000 people march through the city to George Square, and Free Pride on 3rd August, which is a non-commercial alternative Pride event at the CCA.
Organisers at Pride Glasgow have faced calls to disband the organisation after dealing with ticket crisis after the 2018 event, with hundreds of tickets being oversold, then allegations of financial misconduct against members of its Board leading to an ongoing Police investigation.
SNP-led Glasgow City Council also pulled their support in a row over unpaid charges when organisers had hoped to use the Riverside Museum as a venue for their 2019 festival.
Charity bosses hope this new programme of events, with a mix of free and ticketed activities, will provide something for the whole community to enjoy.
The test will be whether Glasgow’s LGBT community can put all of the troubles from the past 12 months behind them and move on, bringing more rainbow smiles to the city this weekend.