Proud Ness returns for Summer

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Summer date announced for Proud Ness 2019

Organisers have announced a summer date on Sunday 21 July for this year’s Proud Ness in Inverness. This will be the second free large scale LGBTQ+ event for the Highlands with a parade through Inverness city centre to Bught Park where there will be information on offer from different organisations which serve the LGBTQ+ community, speakers, and music from Inverness Gigs under a large marquee. There will also be a funfair, inflatable city for children, and food and drink stalls.

The event has been organised by the Highland LGBT Forum whose aims are to raise awareness of LGBTI+ issues, to reduce isolation amongst LGBTI+ people in Highlands, and to encourage inclusion and diversity.

Jess Taylor, one of the Proud Ness organisers said:

“We’re delighted to bring Proud Ness back to Inverness and we’ve taken on feedback from last year’s attendees by moving the date to a summer month. We really hope that we can top the number of people coming along which was estimated at nearly 6000 attendees! Please bring along your friends, your work colleagues, your granny…there really will be something for everyone on the day!”

Proud Ness, taking place on Sunday 21 July, will be one of the top featured attractions at this year’s Inverness Gala Day. The Proud Ness party, following the march, will be located in and around, the Gathering Tent with additional entertainment provided by four of the Highland’s top acts taking part in the Inverness Gigs Showcase.

The day will also feature Ruff Ness dog event, Well Ness show, and Exclusively Highlands Craft Fair and Traders Village. Inverness Gala is organised by the Highland Council Events team who have been working closely with Proud Ness organisers to provide a large outdoor space to accommodate and entertain the thousands of crowds predicted to take part.

Further Proud Ness event updates can be found online

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Toby Stainton
Toby Stainton
I've always loved music and spent my late teens and early twenties playing guitar in various bands on Lewis and Aberdeen. Other than playing in some truly terrifying pubs in Aberdeen not much came of it and life became focused on family and having a 'proper' job. Inverness Gigs is an outlet for me to quell my inner frustrated musician and the caliber of local acts has even inspired me to take my own music more seriously again. Who knows, one day I might venture back on stage under the fierce scrutiny of an Inverness Gigs reviewer! You can contact Toby direct at

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