Over the rainbow. . .

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FORGET about those grey skies this weekend, as Glasgow Pride is painting the town red, yellow, pink and green.

The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival returns to the city on Saturday, with a programme full of events, a music stage and a rainbow-coloured parade to shake the city up.

The procession itself starts at Kelvingrove park at 11.45am, before making its way into the city centre for a rally at George Square.

Organisers hope that it will be the biggest event in the history of Pride Glasgow, which has been hosting the bi-annual festival since 2004.

It attracts around 5,000 people to the city’s streets – and with a line-up of former X Factor stars and camp cabaret acts for the George Square stage, this year might just see even more.

Headlining is Joe McElderry, winner of the TV talent show, as well as a stint on Popstar to Opera Star.

Acts joining Joe on stage include the Cheeky Girls, Lloyd Daniels (another X Factor alumni) and Ryan Jagger, as well as tributes to everyone from Elton John to Lady Gaga.

Festival director Ross Stevenson commented: “We’ve really tried hard this year to up our game, and securing Joe as the headline act shows we’re committed to continue to grow the event and make Pride Glasgow one that the city can be proud of”.

Pride also has a market place (rainbow accoutrements being the biggest seller, naturally), as well advice and information stalls – not to mention a licenced bar.

There are, of course, after parties to attend, and a fringe strand as well – events including a production of Rent and a meet and greet with the cast of BBC 3 drama Lip Service.

Whatever your colours, the weekend could be the time to embrace the rainbow – because Pride Glasgow is out, about and very proud.

n Pride Glasgow is a free event, and a full programme is available at www.prideglasgow.co.uk.