Proud of Arran Pride

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Organisers of Arran’s Pride event can deservedly be proud of their hugely successful event held last weekend on Arran for the first time.

The events – a march, picnic and ceilidh, all took place without a hitch and received widespread support from the public who turned out in their droves to watch the colourful spectacle and experience the electric atmosphere.

Not only did the Pride parade tick all the boxes of inclusivity, diversity, self love and acceptance – and other often-overused buzzwords – it engendered these aspirations and swept supporters away in a celebration of hope and optimism and acceptance of everyone.

It has been a long time since an Arran event enjoyed such a charged atmosphere – possibly last experienced on Arran when the Proclaimers performed 500 Miles at the Auchrannie in 2012 – especially with the drought of exciting activities on offer during, and post, pandemic.

The outpouring of support from all the Arran businesses along the front, with their colourful window displays, as well as the enthusiastic participation of groups and organisations is the medicine for the soul many have needed in these difficult times.

Importantly, too, Arran Pride was a family-friendly event, with an alcohol ban at the picnic, which made it accessible for younger people on Arran, particularly those at a critical juncture in their young lives who may be experiencing issues with inclusion or alienation.

Arran Pride was an event we can all be proud of.