REVEALED: Full programme of events for first ever Dundee Pride unveiled

Organisers of the first-ever Dundee Pride have revealed the full programme of events.

The festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture in the city will take place on City Square on Saturday September 22.

It is the first time an event of its kind has been held in Dundee, with organisers hoping it will become an annual fixture for the city.

Up to 5,000 people are expected to descend on the city centre to enjoy a parade, live bands, stalls and displays.

Grampian Pride included a march along Union Street in Aberdeen.

The procession will begin at midday on the Murraygate before making its way around High Street, Reform Street and Panmure Street.

The main event site, including the bar, opens at 1pm with a keynote speech scheduled for 45 minutes later.

Live entertainment lasts until 7pm when the event will draw to a close.

Recently, a group of young LGBT people managed to secure £2,500 for a youth zone at Dundee Pride.

The Purple Dragons, along with LGBT charities Pink Saltire and LGBT Youth Scotland, will help those under 25 learn new skills through volunteering and making new friends.

Tim Kelly, co-chairperson of Dundee Pride, said he was thrilled with the response to the event so far.

Tim Kelly

He said: “It’s been really heartening to see the support for Dundee Pride across the city.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from people who want to come or participate in the march.

“We’re beginning to recruit traders and stalls so we’re hoping to get responses pretty soon.

“One thing that’s important for us is that we really want to make this a Dundonian event.

“That means we want the stalls, traders and organisations to be local. We don’t want a corporate festival.

“We’re hoping to get up to 5,000 people in the city centre on the day.”

Dundee Pride has held several consultation evenings ahead of the main event.

And Tim said the group is looking to recruit even more volunteers in a bid to grow Pride for the future.

He added: “We absolutely want to have a successful event this year but we have to make sure we are ready for the future.

“In our constitution we want to have two events a year which would be Pride and an LGBT awards.

“We’re already starting to do a bit of work on that.

“But we need the volunteers and trustees for the long-term sustainability. That includes younger and older generations.

“We’d like anyone interested in helping us to get in touch.”

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