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Inverness and Stornoway set to host Pride parades

Hundreds will gather at LGBT festivals to celebrate diversity and inclusivity.

Pride: Inverness will see its first Pride parade in 15 years.
Pride: Inverness will see its first Pride parade in 15 years. PA

Hundreds of people are expected to celebrate Pride this weekend, as two festivals are set to take place.

Proud Ness will see the first Pride parade take place in Inverness in 15 years and Hebridean Pride will be held in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.

A petiton calling for the Inverness event to be cancelled caused some controversary, but it was given the go ahead following a flood of support.

Kezia Dugdale MSP is one of those heading to Inverness for Proud Ness.

She said: "I am looking forward to joining thousands of supporters at Proud Ness to show solidarity with those fighting for equality.

"Pride started off as a protest against discrimination and the opposition to the Inverness event shows exactly why it is necessary to continue campaigning.

"Pride is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the progress made towards equality, while also recognising how much more we must do to make Scotland a more tolerant and inclusive country."

Pride celebrations will return to Inverness after a hiatus of more than a decade, with hundreds of people expected to join in the festivities.

The parade will start at Falcon Square, head along Inglis Street and the High Street to the Town House, then across the bridge and along the river to Eden Court.

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Stalls, workshops and and live entertainment will be on throughout the day.

A petition opposing the event - started by Donald Morrison of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) - gathered hundred of signatures.

Numerous counter-petitions were then started calling for the event to take place, with thousands of supporters putting their names to them.

It was granted permission by Highland Council officers in September.

The local authority will fly the rainbow flag at both the Town House in Inverness and its headquarters on Glenurquhart Road to show support for the parade.

Councillor Bill Lobban said: "One of the council's goals is to promote fairness and welcome diversity and I am delighted to agree to fly the rainbow flag at both the Town House in Inverness and at council HQ to show support for the Proud Ness event."

Meanwhile, shops in Stornoway will be decorated for its parade.

The walk will go through the town until it finishes at the Carlton, where there will be light refreshments and entertainment.

A nightclub will host an LGBT Party Night in honour of the Outer Hebrides' first Pride event.

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