Organisers at Highland Pride have announced their event will be held on Sunday 19th July 2020.
The event, which hosted one of Scotland’s biggest Pride marches in 2019, will return to Bught Park in Inverness, with organisers hoping to top the huge attendance of over 10,000 seen this year.
Formerly known as ‘Proud Ness’, the 2020 event will feature a Pride march from Inverness city centre followed by an afternoon of speeches, music and performances. In addition, there will be the Inverness Shinty Sixes Tournament, the Pride Village and the popular ‘Ruff Ness’ dog show to enjoy as well.
Organisers will partner with Highland Council who have supported previous Pride dates in the city, with the 2019 event sharing the venue with the local Highland games during the same weekend.
Highland Pride Events Manager, Jessica Taylor, told us:
“We are absolutely delighted to have the support to host our summer Pride event during the Highland Games weekend in 2020. We had this amazing opportunity in 2019 resulting in the biggest parade and one of the largest Pride events in Scotland, topping both Edinburgh and Glasgow numbers with over 10,000 people in attendance from all over the Highlands and Islands, Moray and further afield.”
“Plans are already underway to deliver another successful day where everyone can get involved and help us celebrate and support our local LGBT+ community with out own unique blend of Highland Pride.”
Highland Pride is organised by Highland LGBT Forum and was one of 21 successful Pride events in Scotland during 2019 – a record number!
For 2020, there are more than 25 events planned, including a new Pride in Moray, the Orkney isles and the Borders region.
2020 will also mark the 25th anniversary of the first Pride in Scotland, which was organised in Edinburgh back in 1995.
Pride events have seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years, with over 70,000 people taking part in events across Scotland in 2019, generating an estimated £2million for local businesses.
Pride has its roots in protest and activism, with thousands using the opportunity in 2019 to raise visibility and awareness of the equal recognition campaign for improved transgender and non-binary people’s rights.
Councillor Graham Ross, who heads up the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group, said:
“The Inverness Highland Games weekend is one of the highlights of the summer here in Inverness and we are delighted to support the members of the Highland LGBT Forum as they work with numerous community groups to stage an event we can all be proud of.”
Main pic credit – Highland Pride