Edinburgh Pride 2022 will have a march, mini festival village, fair and youth zone

This year’s event marks the 25th anniversary of Capital Pride, and it promises lots of heart and lots of celebration despite last-minute planning and smaller-than-usual plans.

“Our visibility as a community has never been more needed, especially as we celebrate 50 years of Pride in the UK,” said Brett Herriot, Chairman of Pride Edinburgh.

“The return of pandemic restrictions meant that we had to get the green light from the government and the city council much later than usual. We have worked tirelessly during this short time to organize a march and mini festival featuring entertainment on the main stage and our community fair.

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The Edinburgh Pride March will meet at the Scottish Parliament Buildings on June 25, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. and start at 1 p.m.

The procession will travel up the Royal Mile to Canongate and follow St Mary’s Street to Candlemaker Row. The group will cross towards Bristo Place, turn towards Potterrow, Crichton Street and Charles Street before arriving at the EUSA campus to finish.

The main stage will be led by Scottish drag race winner Lawrence Chaney, Grammy-nominated singer Kelli-Leigh and Scottish X-Factor semi-finalists The Cutkelvins. The stage events take place in Potterrow and will begin at 2 p.m. after the march.

A mini festival village will also be created around Place Bristo for the event. The EUSA buildings will host village events including the Community Fair, Trans Chill Space, George Square Picnic Area and Youth Zone.

The event will continue to be completely free to the public and will provide full accessibility for people of all abilities as well as safe spaces for those who may need it.

People with physical disabilities can also book on the Pride Bus, which will allow people with reduced mobility to view and participate in the event. The bus will be part of the entourage during the walk.

“It took a lot of work to put it all together this year and we had to build everything from scratch in three months,” said Jamie Love, Marketing Director of Pride Edinburgh.

“There has been some negativity about Pride Edinburgh in the past because we are compared to other ticketed events across the country, but that comes down to keeping it free and accessible to everyone in the community. We have always been and always will be a free event.

For more information on Pride Edinburgh 2022 visit https://prideedinburgh.co.uk/pride-edinburgh-march-2022/

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