EDINBURGH PRIDE PAST AND PRESENT
Saturday 16th June 2018
Soon Edinburgh will be turned into a vibrant, flamboyant playground for the LGBTI community as we get ready to bring in the 22nd annual Pride event and we couldn’t be more excited here at Espionage. Through the years Edinburgh Pride has evolved drastically into the beautiful and powerful event it is today!
When you think of Pride you think of acceptance, safety, a place you can be yourself and not be alone. Pride is a time for the whole city to come together and celebrate the true diversity that Edinburgh is built on.
The history of Pride over the last 22 years is true statement of how we have grown not only as a city but also as a nation. From the first Pride event in 1995 through to today we have had Pride Scotland, Pride Scotia, and then in 2008 Edinburgh and Glasgow separated to have their own individual Pride events so that each city could really show what Pride meant to them. Thus Edinburgh Pride was born!
So what does Pride mean to Edinburgh? Well we feel that’s a pretty easy question to answer. Pride to Edinburgh is inclusion, equality and diversity – the big three. Edinburgh shines bright when Pride comes around. In a way every day is Pride in Edinburgh. There is always something going on – some form of empowerment in every nook and cranny.
During Edinburgh Pride there is so much going on. So much colour, music and entertainment. We all know that the parade is one of the biggest parts of Pride. It’s a chance for everyone from all walks of life to come together and walk hand-in-hand through all the major spots in Edinburgh such as Queens Drive, Cowgate, Candlemaker row and Potterrow to show off their individuality and be proud of who they are and how far Pride and the LGBTI community has come.
From Drag Queens, Drag Kings, singers, poets, artists, musicians, business men and women, and more, the parade has every type of person showing us all the very best of Edinburgh and of Pride!
Edinburgh is known for its hole in the wall, edgy cafés, clubs and bars – where comes to mind when you think of this? Cowgate! Espionage is based in the heart of Cowgate with 5 floors of music, bars and dance floors soon to be transformed into a Pride paradise!
We bring you #FilthyGorgeous! Who doesn’t love a great cocktail or shot? We will be serving Filthy cocktails and Gorgeous shots all night to get the party started! The famous LipLine Drag Queens who perform at Espionage every Friday showing our everlasting Pride will be back to host the evening along with special guests, who will be announced over the next few weeks to keep you on your toes! We will have glitter and glam everywhere with a photographer to capture all you wonderful people in you #FilthyGorgeous outfits!
Make this a year bigger and better than ever before!
We are so happy to announce that we are now official sponsors of Edinburgh Pride 2018! This is a cause so close to all of our hearts here at Espionage and we will always be a place for everyone to come and feel truly happy, accepted and free! Family is so important and we would love for you to join this ever growing Espionage family.