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Pride Scotia is Scotland's national LGBT pride festival.

Volunteers organise a Pride march and a community-based festival in June each year since 1995. Between 1995 and 2002, the event was called Pride Scotland.


In 1994, Laura Norris and Doogie Hothersall, both members of BLOGS (Edinburgh University's LGBT student group) decided to organise a Pride march and community festival in Edinburgh. The march and festival have become an annual event, alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In December 2002 Pride Scotland went bankrupt with debts of around £60 000. "Pride Scotland Declares Itself Bankrupt",, 2003 January 3. 

A new organisation, Pride Scotia, was founded in 2003 to continue the tradition of the annual march and festival. This organisation changed its name to Pride Scotia (Edinburgh) in 2004 and a separate organisation Pride Scotia (Glasgow) was created with the two organisations organising Pride Scotia in their respective cities in alternate years thereafter. Both organisations are Companies Limited by Guarantee but are not Scottish Charities.


June 17 1995

The first Pride march in Scotland gathered on Barony Street in Edinburgh. Police estimated 3000 people attended. The route followed was Broughton Street, Leith Street, Princes Street, the Mound, George IV Bridge, and down Middle Meadow Walk into the Meadows. The first Pride festival was held in the Meadows following the march.


June 22 1996

The second Pride march in Scotland was held in Glasgow, with the festival on Glasgow Green. Guests included Quentin Crisp.


June 21 1997

The third Pride march in Scotland was held in Edinburgh, with the festival on the Meadows.

This year was the first year to include a minute's silence, followed by a minute's noise to mark the effects of AIDS and HIV on the LGBT communities in Scotland. The tradition has been repeated year by year since, led by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Guest stars at the festival included Mary Kiani, Labi Siffre and Glasgow Gay Men's Chorus. The three Scottish women's drumming groups amalgamated for the festival: SheBoom (Glasgow), Commotion (Edinburgh) and Elles Belles (Dundee).


June 13 1998

The march began in Blythswood Square and ended at Glasgow Green, where the festival took place. Guest stars at the festival included Jimmy Sommerville, Karen Dunbar, Carol Laula, Horse McDonald, Lorraine Jordan, Kate Copstick, and Hufty.

The Glasgow women's drumming group, SheBoom, led the march.

The Pride Scotland banner for 1998 was carried by George Galloway, Tommy Sheridan, and Louise Fyfe.


June 19, 1999

Pride held in Edinburgh. Assembly in East Market Street: route passed the then-current home of the Scottish Parliament, and the headquarters of the Bank of Scotland, that had earlier that year been the scene of protests against the Pat Robertson deal.

The festival was held in the Meadows: the theme for this year's festival was Celebrate Diversity and included the introduction of the Diversity Area.


September 2, 2000

Pride held in Glasgow.


June 23 2001

Pride held in Edinburgh.


June 22 2002

Pride held in Glasgow. The march began in Blythswood Square and ended in Glasgow Green where rain helped to shrink numbers below financial viability for what was the first (and only) festival to have an admission charge.

Guest speakers at the festival on Glasgow Green included Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy Grace Elder, and Roseanne Foyer from the Scottish TUC.


July 19, 2003

This was the first year that Pride was run by Pride Scotia.

This year, the march took place in Edinburgh. The festival was held in various locations along Leith Walk, including a sports day in Gayfield Square and a Health and Community Fair in Club eGo on Picardy Place.


July 1, 2004

This year, the march took place in Glasgow. The festival was held in Glasgow Green.


June 25, 2005

This year, the march took place in Edinburgh, from East Market Street to Broughton Street. A Health and Community Fair was held in Club eGo on Picardy Place. Other associated events included an exhibition of AIDS/HIV commemoration quilts and a programme of LGBT films in the Filmhouse.


June 24 2006

This year, the march took place in Glasgow. The festival was held in George Square.


June 23 2007w

This year, the march and festival took place in Edinburgh. Due to bad weather the march was rerouted at the last minute to bypass The Mound. The march ran from East Market Street, via Princes Street, St Andrew Square, and Broughton Street and concluded in Pilrig Park where a Tented Village included marquees for Community, Youth, Performance, Men, etc.


August 30 2008

Pride Scotia (Glasgow) have informed us here in Edinburgh that they have decided to separate from Pride Scotia and become their own entity as Pride Glasgow. This of course has led to some confusion.

We would like to inform you that Pride Scotia will continue to run in Edinburgh every 2 years as it has done previously. We have started work to organise Pride for 2009 and will keep you updated with info regarding volunteering etc.

For more information on Pride Glasgow please visit

Pride AwardsEdit

The Pride Awards have been presented at the annual Pride festival each year since 1998.

The Pride Awards acknowledge the people and the work accomplished in Scotland over the past twelve months, in the name of promoting equality, tolerance and respect.

There are six award categories; Activism; Health; Art & Entertainment; Culture; Pride Scotia; and The 'Friend for Life' Award.

Ian Dunn Memorial Award for ActivismEdit

The winner of this award is currently nominated by Stonewall Scotland, although Outright Scotland were initially involved in its naming and nominations.

Jackie Forster Memorial Award for CultureEdit

The winner of this award is nominated by Glasgow Women's Library. The award is a memorial to Jackie Forster.

Award for HealthEdit

The winner of this award is nominated by PHACE Scotland.

Award for Art and EntertainmentEdit

The winner of this award is nominated by The List.

The Pride Scotia AwardEdit

The winner of this award is nominated by the festival organisers.

The “Friend for Life” AwardEdit

The winner of this award is nominated by the Equality Network, to someone outside the LGBT community who has worked for LGBT rights in Scotland.

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