Frequently Asked Questions

General 

When and where is Pride? Our Pride event will take place on Saturday 22 July 2023 in Inverness. The parade (which is subject to approval) will start at the Crown Primary School and end at the Pride Village, which will be in the Northern Meeting Park. 

Is there a dress code? There is no dress code. Dress yourself anyway you want and be proud of it. However, just don’t offend, and NO nudity please. Remember, you will be parading through the centre of Inverness, and there will be young people and families at the event, so please dress appropriately.  

Are there any age restrictions? No. Everyone is welcome at Highland Pride, but if you are under 12 years old you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. This is not to ruin your fun, but simply to make sure you are safe.  

Is alcohol allowed? No alcohol is allowed on the parade. Laws prohibit street drinking, so please don’t do it. You could face a fine from Highland Council.  Alcohol will be available to buy at the Pride Village for those over 18. 

Can I bring my dog? Dogs are allowed. You are responsible for your dog’s wellbeing including ensuring it is comfortable with the high noise levels and large number of people around them and of course other dogs. If your dog becomes aggressive, you will be asked to leave the event. Your dog MUST be kept on a lead at all times, and you are required to clear up after it, if it makes a mess. You could face a fine from Highland Council if you don’t! If you do not follow these requirements, you will be asked to leave the event. 

What parking is available? Parking can be found at the Eastgate Shopping Centre (1000 spaces), Rose Street Car Park (856 spaces), Castle Street (70 spaces), Raining Stairs (70 spaces), Cathedral Car Park (72 spaces), and Eden Court Car Park.  Information on charges is on the Highland Council website. 

What’s happening afterwards? Please check our social media channels, where we will promote any events that are be organising by other venues / groups. 

Parade 

IS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY LOCAL AUTHORITY

What time is the parade?  We will set off at 2.30 PM 

What time should I be at the parade starting point? Please be there no later than 2.15 PM. 

Where is the Parade? We will be starting from Crown Primary School and proceed slowly down Stephen’s Brae, along the High Street, over Ness Bridge, along Ness Walk and Bishops Road, ending at the Pride Village at the Northern Meeting Park. We will enter the Pride Village at the Northern Meeting Park at the entrance by Eden Court. See map below. 

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Who can take part in the parade?  Anyone can take part in the parade for free. 

Do I need a ticket for the Parade? No tickets are required for the parade, just turn up on time! 

How do I register a Group/Charity? To assist with planning, if you’re attending as a group with 10 people or more, we ask that you register HERE. 

What happens if I don’t register my group? Your group can participate in the parade without registering, but you’ll be required to start all the way at the back. 

Is there an order when we arrive? We will be operating an arrival queuing system, meaning the earlier you arrive, the closer to the front of the parade you’ll be. If you’re part of a registered group and you’re running late, please join your group in the line-up, I’m sure those around you won’t mind too much.  

For all parade participants, please respect each other and avoid queue jumping where possible. 

Can I join the parade at other locations along the route? Yes, but please be mindful of others already in the parade, and don’t push in. 

Can we have a float? There will be no floats this year. 

Can we have a banner on the parade? Yes, banners are allowed. Just ensure it has NO bad language on it and it does not offend others, slander anyone else or go against Highland Pride’s values. The same applies to placards and clothing. 

What’s allowed in the parade?  Costumes, music, flags, noisemakers, banners, balloons, and smiles all welcome! Please no swearing, smoking, alcohol/drug consumption, nudity, offensive slogans/images, glass bottles or open flames. 

Is there disabled access? The parade route is approximately 0.8 miles (1.2 km) long, although the surface may be uneven in places. The parade will be accessible for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility from the bottom of Stephen’s Brae. You’re welcome to join the parade at any suitable location along the route.  

Pride Village 

Please note that for safety reasons, access to the Village will be restricted to NUMBER of people.

Where is the Pride Village? The Pride Village will be in the Northern Meeting Park.

What time is the Village open from? Gates will be open from TIME.

What times does the Village close? It will close at 8 PM.

Do I need a ticket for the Village area? Yes, although FREE, we need people to register for tickets, which MUST be exchanged for wristbands prior to the event. You will need a wristband to get into the village area. If you do not have a wristband, you will be denied access. 

The booking link for tickets will be open soon

How do I exchange my ticket for a wristband?  Details on the exchange process to be added.

What’s happening in the Village? There will be stalls, a guest speaker and live entertainment. You will also be able to purchase food, drink and merchandise. 

Bag checks! For health and safety reasons, bags may be searched upon entry to the Pride Village, and bags larger than a general size rucksack will not be allowed in. Any alcohol, illegal drugs, glass bottles or weapons will be confiscated. Please don’t bring in liquids, including bottled water, this is because the security cannot eliminate its possibility of being alcohol. Free water will be available onsite.

Alcohol. Alcohol will be available to buy for those over 18. Please don’t be tempted to bring your own! You will be searched upon entry and any alcohol confiscated before you will be allowed in. If you’re seen with alcohol not purchased on site, it will be confiscated, and you will be asked to leave. All alcohol laws apply, no under 18’s will be served, and challenge 25 will be in force so if you are under 25 or lucky enough to look it, please bring ID. If you’re not sure, bring it anyway! If you’re drunk, you will be refused service and may be asked to leave the village.  

Is Smoking & Vaping allowed? Yes, but please be respectful of people around you.  

Eden Court 

If anything happening at Eden Court? To be confirmed.