DG Pride, staged in Dumfries for the first time in ten years, delivered a powerful message of solidarity and acceptance of LGBTQ community in the region.

The queer extravaganza party spirit took over Dumfries town centre as flocks of people wearing rainbow banners danced and cheered musicians on the Plainstanes stage.

A colourful Pride Village, decorated with bunting, was built outside the Stove where glitter-clad volunteers served drinks, one could have crystal make up applied and pick up LGBT-related information from the stalls. More importantly (ha-ha) it was a place where the Pride Pooch competition took place. As I am partial to dogs, it definitely needed to be documented!

The DG Pride organisers managed to attract some outstanding local and UK performers. As an urban photographer, I loved the Gothic eccentricity of the dark electronica band KROW.

It was the first time I had a chance to listen to a wonderful local band Ward and Watson. I enjoyed Channy‘s vocals, Smashby‘s pop dance moves and Ross Alexander ‘s delivery of Doctor Doctor.

The whole event was a fantastic blend of star-studded lineup of music acts, enthusiastic Doonhamer community activism and prominent support from public organisations and government agencies.

Rainbow flag flies over the Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries; note of support and acceptance at LGBT Youth Scotland stall
Rainbow flag flies over the Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries; note of support and acceptance at LGBT Youth Scotland stall
DG Pride Village
DG Pride Village
Doonhamers enjoying DG Pride despite the occasional drizzle
Enjoying the day despite the occasional drizzle
Leo from Lavender Menace decorating a girl's face with glitter
Leo from Lavender Menace decorating a girl’s face with glitter
Extravagant outfit for LGBT Plus fundraising
Extravagant outfit for LGBT Plus fundraising
Orange bracelets for the charitable cause
Orange bracelets for the charitable cause
Devine Tension with Pride Village volunteer after the performance on the Plainstanes stage
Devine Tension with Pride Village volunteer after the performance on the Plainstanes stage
KROW perform for DG Pride
KROW perform for DG Pride
More of KROW, a radical feminist dark electronica band
More of KROW, a radical feminist dark electronica band
Johnathon of LGBT Plus with his rainbow brolly
Johnathon of LGBT Plus with his rainbow brolly
Guests from Carlisle Pride
Guests from Carlisle Pride
Ward and Watson band on DG Pride stage outside Midsteeple
Ward and Watson duo on DG Pride stage outside Midsteeple
Man dancing with his puppet
Man dancing with his puppet
A group of young people cloaked in rainbow banners
A group of young people cloaked in rainbow banners
At Pride Pooch competition
At Pride Pooch competition
Some of the pooch competition entrants
Some of the pooch competition entrants
Dog performing tricks at Pride Village
Overall Pride Pooch winner
Overall Pride Pooch winner
Village volunteers
Sassy sparkling Village volunteers
Crowd in front of Pride stage
Crowd in front of Pride stage
Singer-writer Smashby wows the audience with his catch pop tracks
Singer-writer Smashby wows the audience with his catch pop tracks
Jewel face decoration
Jewel face decoration
Channy signing in Dumfries
Channy signing in Dumfries
Ross Alexander delivering his Doctor Doctor
Ross Alexander delivering his Doctor Doctor

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