Keen to build on the success of the Pride Saltire Grand Launch event in February 2018, our ideas for the 2019 Pride Saltire Festival were even more ambitious.
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of Pride events, which began as a result of the famous New York Stonewall Riots of 1969. So for East Lothian’s very first Pride Saltire Festival, we decided to go back in time – to the grass roots of the Pride Movement.
We wanted the Pride Saltire Festival 2019 to be a colourful giant garden fête. There was a mixture of community activities from participants including our four emergency services, a community choir, plus entertainment from a variety of musical artists, brilliantly hosted by Dionne Hickey and David Aird.
And of course no Scottish event would be complete without a pipe band. So a big thank-you to the Cockenzie & Port Seton RBLS Pipes & Drums for getting over Festival underway.
LGBT Youth Scotland provided a dedicated safe area for our younger visitors, who all enjoyed an afternoon of fun activities such as face-painting, badge-making and circus skills.
The Pride Saltire Dog Show attracted a large number of competitors with dogs of all shapes and size. So it was brilliant to see so many people from the East Lothain communities actively engage with our Festival and get involved.
None of this would have been possible without our amazing team of Pride Saltire volunteers and helpers. They monitored car parking, looked after the safety and well-being of our visitors, and helped with all the activities throughout the afternoon. We feel very lucky to have had their assistance.
Finally, we are not sure who ordered the sensational Scottish sunshine for our Festival, but we are mightly glad they did. It made the whole day just that little bit extra special!
Another part of our Pride Saltire Festival was the Community Fair, and was located in the West Garden of Cockenzie House. It was a diverse mix of organisations, charities and businesses, along with representativies from all our emergency services, East Coast Buses and the Salt-pan waggonway. All the stands attracted Pride Saltire Festival visitors throughout the whole afternoon. And this was great to see!
Money raised by groups booking stalls at our Community, Charities & Business Fair, and placing advertisments in our official Festival programme, will enable us to pay for the items that we required for the Festival, like tables, a stage and sound equipment etc. Any remaining funds will be put towards other Pride Saltire community events throughout the year. It will also help to pay for our website hosting, and assist some of our brilliant team of Pride Saltire volunteers with travel to the annual UK Pride Organisers Network conference.