The Loch Ness monster, eerie stone circles and tales of ghostly happenings make Scotland the Land of Legends. However, Scotland is not only famous for myths and fairytales, it is also renowned for its buzzing cities, rich heritage and its friendly, laidback people.
Pride Scotia is the pride and joy of Scotland’s national LBGT community, traditionally swapping between Edinburgh and Glasgow. This magnificent festivity is a community based festival that celebrates diversity and personal identity. Additionally, the traditional pride march and rally provides a platform for politicians, community activists, celebrities and most importantly individuals turn out to march through the city centre to celebrate pride.
Gay Pride parades have been held in Edinburgh every since 1995, with numbers peaking at 20.000 in 1999. In recent years, Pride Scotia has included a parade and several indoor events, all with the aim to create a safe space to engage communities in the celebration of their sexual orientation and to provide a platform for education through a significant public presence.
2009 saw around 5.000 revellers gathered at midday outside the offices of Edinburgh council before setting off for an afternoon of organized festivities in the picturesque Pilrig Park. The entertainment included music from the Loud and Proud Choir and multiple other artists, spotive elements like touch rugby and lots and lots of opportunities to indulge favoursome, Scottish beer.
This year’s Pride Scotia will launch June 26. More information can be uptained on the Pride's website.