Over 9,000 attend Glasgow Pleasure parade regardless of ‘commercialisation’ row

Greater than 9,000 individuals are estimated to have attended a Glasgow Pleasure parade.

The occasion marks 50 years because the Stonewall Rebellion, an LGBTQ civil rights protest in New York Metropolis, which has since sparked worldwide demonstrations.

A Pride flag. Picture: John Devlin

A Pleasure flag. Image: John Devlin

Companies, charities and Scotland’s Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie had been amongst these to participate alongside hundreds of marchers.

Christopher Tait, chairman of Pleasure Glasgow, stated: “It is estimated over 9,000 folks joined collectively in the present day below a peaceable and blissful banner both with associates, household or a part of an organisation.

“We collectively demonstrated our ardour and love within the metropolis.

“We’re now transferring on to celebrations at The Ferry and The Barrowlands the place we have organised a implausible line-up of performances, together with drag acts, singers, DJs and our headliner at A Evening at Studio 54, The Reflex.

Even dogs got involved. Picture: John Devlin

Even canines bought concerned. Image: John Devlin

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“We stated we would present everybody we might pull again after final 12 months and I feel it is secure to say the group really feel united once more.”

The parade left Clydeside at 11.30am earlier than taking a brand new route via the East finish of the town centre, ending with group stalls at Broomielaw subsequent to the Kingston Bridge.

Final 12 months’s occasion was marred by ticketing issues, and led to the resignation of former chief government Alastair Smith.

Tickets to enter the charity’s march this 12 months price LGBT+ teams £120 for a strolling group or £420 for business organisations, whereas it prices £600 to have a float on the occasion.

Unite introduced on Thursday it will not be collaborating within the march after lambasting the “commercialisation” of the occasion.

The commerce union’s Scottish LGBT+ committee issued a strongly worded assertion criticising prices imposed on organisations to be a part of the occasion and taking purpose at large firms utilizing Pleasure merely to “improve their buyer attain”.

Mr Tait replied by saying sponsorship was an “alternative to assist educate” organisations and companies in regards to the Pleasure motion.