The 25th anniversary of Pride in Scotland’s capital city will be marked on Saturday 13th June with the theme ‘Let It Be’.
The annual Pride Edinburgh celebration will again welcome visitors from across Scotland and the world as organisers announced their theme and 2020 date.
‘Pride Edinburgh 25: Let It Be’ is billed as a showcase of the varied communities of the city and a “unique celebration of diversity” according to the announcement released today.
A spokesperson said: “We believe it’s time to let love be love and to allow people to be people for who and what they are. It’s simply time to just Let It Be.”
As well as the traditional Pride Scotia march, which in 2019 was one of the largest Pride marches in the country, the Pride Festival will take place on the Edinburgh University Students Union (EUSA) campus, where last year a huge rainbow carpet covered Bristo Square. The campus hosted the main stage as well as a huge community marketplace, with organisations from across the country represented.
Chair of the Pride organising team, Brett Herriot, told us:
“It’s incredible that we are preparing to celebrate our 25th Pride event in the capital city, so much has changed from decriminalisation to equal marriage, to acceptance in society for many and protection under the law. Pride Edinburgh is proud of the work achieved over the last quarter of a century.”
“As much as we look back we must look forward too – the journey is far from over. There is much to do in order to achieve full equality, especially for our transgender community.”
“The defining point of 25 years of Pride Edinburgh is that when we come together, anything is possible and that still holds true today!”
“In 1995 Edinburgh was the only Scottish Pride event, now in 2020 there are Pride’s across the length and breadth of the country. We may have been first but we all stand together, it truly makes a difference.”
“That’s why we say this year, let love be love, let people be people, its simply time to Let It Be!”
Sponsors are also being announced, with Manchester Airport returning for a third year as the main stage supporter.
Seb Thompson from Manchester Airport said: “We are delighted to make it a hatrick at Pride Edinburgh and be back for our third year. Edinburgh is one of many pride festivals we support across the whole of the UK and is great for our staff to join in and get involved.”
“Equality, diversity and inclusivity are at the heart of what we do, so what a great way to support such a worthwhile event and also come to Scotland to thank the 600,000 people from there who choose to fly from Manchester each year.”
The full programme for the day, including the route of the march, will be announced in the coming weeks.
For regular updates check out the Pride Edinburgh Facebook page or the dedicated website prideedinburgh.org.uk