Dundee’s Pride Parades have been a must-see since the first one took place in the city in 2018.
He kicked off the celebrations in style with an event so impressive that it soon outgrew its original venue.
The city’s Pride Parade was the catalyst for a series of other Pride celebrations across Courier Country – including a march from Perth led by Sir Ian McKellen.
Four years after that first event, see if you recognize any of these proud local faces.
Dundee’s first Pride Parade took place in September 2018.
LGBTQ+ youth groups were supported by Dundee City Council to organize the event, which was reportedly inspired by Fife’s first Pride parade held in Kirkcaldy a year earlier.
The procession made its way from City Square to Wellgate Shopping Centre, where it stopped outside Caird Hall for the remainder of the celebrations.
Were you there waving a flag?
The 2018 parade was loud and proud.
Live music from local artists provided the soundtrack for a celebration of the city’s diversity.
It’s not a parade without music!
The fun didn’t stop with the music.
It’s not a parade without face paint either, and those three happy faces show it’s not just for kids.
Even adults get involved!
With an expected attendance of 5,000 people, organizers’ expectations were far exceeded.
About 8,000 people showed up for the march and turned the city into a sea of color.
Such a large number saw a change of venue for the following year, with the town’s next parade ending instead in Slessor Gardens.
Were you there singing your heart out?
Pride is an event for all ages!
One-year-old Arowe Hurst experienced his first Pride in the city in 2019.
By that happy face, we can only assume this will be the first of many!
Sir Ian McKellen
Perth led the charge in 2019 when acting legend Sir Ian McKellen agreed to stand in their parade.
The Lord of the Rings star was appearing in theatrical productions in Dundee and Pitlochry and agreed to join the festivities after a campaign from local supporters.
He commented that the parade route along the River Tay was one of the most scenic he had ever encountered.
Have you had the chance to walk alongside him?
It wasn’t just the humans who had a great time at another Fife Pride event in 2019.
Stella the French Bulldog donned a colorful garland to show her support for Kirkcaldy’s LGBTQ+ community.
You look good, Stella!
The event honored the hundreds of volunteers who helped make it a reality.
30 different vendors, including the LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall, ensured attendees had access to support and care as well as a good time.
Volunteer Arron Kennedy showed his support for the community with a stylish helmet!
Even the gloomy weather in Fife couldn’t stop two-year-old Bess Hamilton from attending the event, who showed up in a brightly colored cardigan.
The extra layer was sure to keep the bracing Kirkcaldy wind out.
Fashionable and practical!
After a string of so many Happy Pride events, we can’t wait for the next one!
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