Pride Edinburgh is the longest-running celebration of diversity and inclusivity in Scotland and will mark its 26th anniversary in 2023, so it’s no surprise we’re in for another treat this June. Expect the usual yearly march, followed by a fabulous festival at Bristo Square after.
When is Pride Edinburgh 2023?
Pride Edinburgh is taking place on Saturday, June 24 this year, with the march starting at 1pm.
The famous Pride March is one of the most empowering and celebratory experiences in Edinburgh. It’s a place where everyone is invited to just be themselves, welcomed with open arms, and, most of all, truly seen and celebrated. Come as you are on June 24: the meeting point for the march is outside the Scottish Parliament at 12:30pm, where the march will start at 1pm.
Pride goers will then march onto Cannongate, loudly making their way to High Street and George IV Bridge. Then, the mark will carry onto Bristo Place and Lothian Street, before making its way to Potterrow, Crichton Street and Charles Street. And finally, the Pride Edinburgh march will finish at The Pride Edinburgh Festival Village in the EUSA Complex.
The Festival Village
This year’s headline sponsor will be Johnnie Walker Princes Street that will bring a rainbow stage to the Festival Village on Bristo Square.
Partygoers are expected to welcome to the stage Louisa Johnson, winner of the X-Factor, to headline the celebrations, also joined by Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK Season four’s winner, Danny Beard. What is more, Bradley from S Club is also expected to perform at the Festival Village, bringing a DJ set for everyone to shake their stuff to.
The Cutkelvins are also performing on the Jonnie Walker Princes Street stage, as well as Ellie Diamond, Littlest Chicken, Gurlband and Skinnie Minnie. Furthermore, the celebration will be hosted by Ruby Murry and Cherry West.
Brett Herriot, Chair of Pride Edinburgh said:
“After a smaller festival in 2022, we at Pride Edinburgh are delighted to be back for our 26th event in our 28th year. Now more than ever, as national headlines continue to reflect the struggle LGBTQIA+ people face, we can fully celebrate coming together to commemorate our history and advocate for our community! In preparation, we have expanded the Pride Edinburgh team to deliver the march and festival our capital city has come to expect. To achieve this, we appreciate having the support of our neighbour Johnnie Walker Princes Street.”