Oban is set for Pride without prejudice

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Oban will be transformed into a rainbow bedecked oasis this weekend as the town comes together in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

With just a day to go, organisers of the inaugural Oban Pride festival have been putting the finishing touches to their plans for the big weekend.
Not to mention their wardrobes.

Poster girl and event hostess Crystal has acquired several outfits for over the weekend, including a magnificent ensemble for Saturday’s Pride Parade which features a dress with more than 650 stones stitched on.

‘You will be able to see me coming from all over town, that’s for sure,’ said Argyll’s most loved drag queen.

‘My hair will also be a spectacular arrangement. I don’t want to give too much away but Chris De Burgh is sure to be singing about me for years to come!’

While Crystal has been off preening and primping, her alter ego Phill Dexter, Oban Pride chairperson, has been busy with the more serious task of organising the event along with his hard-working and ever-expanding committee.

‘Everything is coming together now and we are expecting a big turnout over the weekend,’ he told us. ‘The support we have had from the community has been overwhelming and we are going to deliver an event that they can be proud of.’

Oban Pride chairperson Phill Dexter.Kicking things off tomorrow (Friday May 17) will be psychic medium John Irwin who will head up a ghost hunt from the Argyllshire Gathering Halls.

A fun-packed day on Saturday May 18, starts at 11.30am when Pride supporters will gather at Station Square, ready to take part in the Pride Parade at noon.

The rainbow bedecked procession will make its way down George Street and along Corran Esplanade, finishing at Markie Dans.

A free family Pride afternoon will take place at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls from 12.30pm-6.15pm with entertainment, stalls and a family area.
Leonie Voss, as Rihanna, will be headlining the daytime event, while Allan Jay will be giving the first live performance of his latest single, Work Ya Love.

In the evening, the Halls will be transformed for the grand Rainbow Ball, from 8pm-12.30am, which will feature performances from Michael T Ogilvie, Jane Henderson and Highland drag queen Venus Guytrap.

On the Sunday there will be a Pride brunch and a special Pride screening of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Oban Phoenix Cinema.

To help people get into the spirit of the event, Oban Pride merchandise (bags, flags, mugs and T-shirts) will be on sale at Button Nose Boutique, Oban Mobile Shop, Roxy’s Coffee and Tea House and Oban Phoenix Cinema from Wednesday, and can also be purchased at various locations over the weekend.

Oban Pride wristbands will also be available from the above outlets and anyone wearing one over the weekend who makes a purchase at Subway will receive 10 per cent discount.

Email ObanPride@gmail.com or visit the groups Facebook page for more information or to obtain tickets for any of the above events.