Heather Peace, Lucy Spraggan and Steptastic among the highlights of Pride Glasgow 2014
The day of LGBT celebration includes a parade, live music, workshops and a club night
Forget the teeming, rainbow-covered streets of Soho; ignore Manchester’s glitter-strewn Canal Street – this year's best Pride events are taking place in Glasgow.
Led by all-female drumming ensemble SheBoom, the parade starts at 9.30am from Clyde Place and finishes at the King Street car park. Throughout the day, festival-goers have the chance to catch some unmissable acts including List favourite Heather Peace, as well as sampling a cabaret stage featuring burlesque, comedy, music and drag acts, and a funfair. Of course, no self-respecting Pride festival comes without its merchandise stalls, so if you just don’t have enough rainbow badges or ‘I can’t even think straight’ T-shirts in your life, make sure you bring plenty of pink pounds.
The main stage features acts including Steps tribute band and all round campfest Steptastic, as well as X Factor star Lucy Spraggan, and there are also fringe events, including SheBoom drumming workshops for Pride-goers inspired by the parade (or who just like making a lot of noise) and Glasgow Pride’s first art exhibition. This year, the festival is also offering a safe space for trans people as part of a growing effort to ensure that the LGBT label really does include all four letters. Another safe space is provided by LGBT Youth for young people aged 13 to 25, and members will be given free access to the festival.
Following on from last year's packed-to-the-rafters extravaganza, Glasgow's longest-standing alternative gay night Birdcage is hosting a post-Pride party at Saint Jude’s from 9pm until the wee small hours – even if you’re not a fan of rainbow flags, the line-up of excellent DJs and performers, including Heavy Flo and Pearl Necklace, should be enough to tempt even the least proud queer.
The parade starts at Clyde Place and finishes at the main event site at King Street car park, Sat 19 Jul.