Celebrate Fife Pride 2020 in a virtual way!

This year’s colourful Fife Pride in Kirkcaldy may have been cancelled as a result of the pandemic, but organisers are planning to mark the occasion by holding a ‘virtual’ event instead.

The third annual Fife Pride was due to take place next month on Saturday, July 6 but the event had to be pulled because of the coronavirus outbreak and restrictions on mass gatherings.

However, Pat Greenhough, event convener, told The Press that rather than let the day pass without any recognition, the team came up with an idea to celebrate Fife Pride in a very different way.

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She said: “The idea of a virtual event came from a combination of places - the team listened to suggestions by Fife Pride followers, looked at ways other Pride’s were marking their events and we then agreed as a team that we should mark July 4 as Fife Pride day, in the safest way possible. “It has become a very important part of the Fife calendar and it is very well attended by the LGBTI+ community and its allies.

“We would hate to lose that one day where people can support the LGBTI+ community and be part of something really special that helps make Fife a more inclusive place that upholds and respects the rights of people to be proud of who they are.”

Pat explained how it will work: “All people need to do is join us on our Virtual Fife Pride page on Facebook and show their support.

“The virtual event will run from 1pm – 4pm and we will have acts performing songs, a quiz, speeches and we are encouraging people to join us on the day and fly their flags, dress up, watch the acts and share their celebrations with us. We are also considering other ideas and we are encouraging people to keep checking in with us.”

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She added: “If we are allowed to hold the event next year, it will definitely go ahead, although we are not sure what this will look like as yet. “We had secured money from the big lottery for this year’s event and we are able to carry it over to our 2021 event.

Fife Council have also been very supportive and not just financially.

“They and other partners are working with us to make sure that Fife Pride will be back in 2021.”

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