Glasgow Pride march returns for first time since pandemic

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Pride marchers at a previous rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA)
Pride marchers at a previous rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA)

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Glasgow as they took part in Scotland’s first Pride celebrations since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bisexuality was the theme for this year’s Glasgow Pride, which began at Festival Park before making its way to George Square.

Most UK Pride events have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic, with just Glasgow and Birmingham hosting marches.

London Pride, due to take place on September 11, was cancelled for a second year in a row over Covid safety concerns.

Organisers said Glasgow’s Pride Mardi Gla is the first full march since the onset of the virus.

Around 10,000 people took part in the 2019 event in Glasgow.

This year, participants were asked to take a lateral flow test beforehand and wear a face covering.

New Scottish Green minister Patrick Harvie addressed the crowds during the events.

The co-leader of the Scottish Green party joined the Scottish Government last week as part of the cooperation agreement between the SNP and his party.

Writing on Twitter after the event, he said: “Lovely to join an actual real-world Pride event today - MardiGla in Glasgow.

“Our LGBTQ+ community will stay strong, stay united and stay safe, and we will stand together against the growing hostility against our equality.”

Daniel Syme, chair of the organising committee, said the day marked “a major step back to normality with a full pride march.”

He added: “Covid has been so tough for everyone, but particularly the LGBT+ communities as we have seen a large increase in hate crimes in Scotland and also the rise of brutality and removal of legal rights across Eastern Europe.

“I am delighted that Glasgow and Birmingham have come together to ensure the return of official pride marches to the UK.”

Parade manager Stuart McPhail told how the team has worked with Glasgow City Council to ensure the safety and welfare of participants of participants through testing and the wearing of face coverings at the outdoor event.

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