Thousands of spectators and participants took to the streets of Glasgow’s in the 20th Pride Parade in the city.

With one of the largest parades in its history, Pride Glasgow saw marchers from community groups to company allies such as Tesco, as well as hundreds of individual marchers.

Behind the parade, Free Pride, the non-commercial pride, which caused considerable controversy when it decided to ban cis gender drag queens from performing at its event, had a strong following and marched whilst chanting “community not corporates”. The pride organisers u-turned on its policy allowing all drag acts to perform at its event.

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For the first time in Pride Glasgow’s history the event will take place over two days and will be the first gay pride event which the pop group Texas will have played at. Texas and Union J are the headliners for the pride.

The parade started out from Glasgow Green before going down Greendyke St, Saltmarket, Trongate, Albion St, Ingram St, South Frederick St, George Sq South Aspect, St Vincent Pl, St Vincent St, Renfield St, Union St, Jamaica St, Clyde St, Bridgegate, Steel St, Turnbull St, Greendyke St and then back to Glasgow Green.

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Alastair Smith, chief executive of Pride Glasgow, said:

“This year marks 20 years of Pride Events in Scotland and we have come along way since the first.

“Pride is a chance for the LGBTI community and their friends, family and supporters to come together and celebrate the achievements of the community and to stand together as one and raise awareness of the issues that we still face.”

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