A wealth of colour is expected at the second ever Fife Pride, which will this year take place on the 7th July 2018 across Kirkcaldy town centre. With support from Fife Centre For Equalities, Fife Council, Fife Cultural Trust, Kirkcaldy 4 All and LGBTI charity Pink Saltire, the event is set to maintain the fun and family friendly atmosphere created at the first Fife Pride in 2017.
For its first year, organisers had expected a crowd of 300 – however, an estimated 3000 visitors passed through Kirkcaldy Town Centre on 1st July 2017. Fiona MacKenzie, Co-convener of Fife Pride, was overwhelmed with the response.
‘We were a little nervous ahead of the event last year – nothing had been delivered for the LGBTI community of that size in Fife before. Gladly, our hard-working team of 30 volunteers strived to make the event a success. We remain grateful to the many local groups, performers, businesses and most importantly, the visitors who came along to celebrate. We’re hoping to build on the success of 2017 and continue to deliver an event for and with the community.’
Following a parade along the High Street, the event will continue in the Town Square into the evening, with a selection of music acts and entertainment taking to the stage, fringed by a market place of information, craft and food stalls. Throughout the day, there will also be a Youth Zone at the Adam Smith Theatre, where young people can participate in a selection of activities, celebrating their identities safe and open environment.
With preparations will underway, organisers are looking for young people who may be interested in performing at the event to step forward. Linsey Neilson, Community Education Worker at Fife Council, said,
‘As the second Fife Pride will be taking place during Scotland’s Year of Young People, we’re keen to offer a platform for new and rising talent in the region at Fife Pride. We’re looking for singer/songwriters or performers in any field to get in touch to see how we can work together.’ She added, ‘We’re also hoping to organise a family-friendly drag show, and we’re hoping that some fabulous Drag Kings and Drag Queens to rise to the challenge.’
The organisers group are also asking Fife businesses to assist in any way they can to make the event a success. Neale Hanvey, Co-convener of Fife Pride said, ‘Last year, businesses across Fife popped up at the event with stalls, helped us with operations, and gifted us their time and expertise. We’d love to work with more companies in 2018 to give a sense of pride, not only to the businesses, but also to the LGBTI community, knowing that we have a growing network throughout the region.’
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