Celebrate Aberdeen organisers hoping for biggest parade yet

The Celebrate Aberdeen Parade last year.

Celebrate Aberdeen will return later this year – and organisers are hoping to have their biggest parade yet.

The event, first launched in 2011, marks the work of local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, musicians and city sports groups.

More than 150 organisations took part in the celebratory parade along Union Street last year and organisers would like to hear from as many as possible before the cut-off date for registration on April 27, for this year’s event on August 25.

Morven Mackenzie, the leading force behind Celebrate Aberdeen, said: “Preparations are well under way for this year’s event already, which we hope will build on the success of last year. To ensure that it does, we need as many third sector groups, sports groups and musicians as possible to sign up.

“The organisations that are on board already are remarkable in the work they carry out, and being able to offer them an opportunity to celebrate and gather support is great. We are delighted to have another parade this year and we are working on plans for activities and performances throughout the weekend, which will be fun for all the family.”

Since the parade was first held it has brought together more than 3,500 people from 130 third sector organisations for each event.

Former Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam is on the Celebrate Aberdeen board.

He added: “Celebrate Aberdeen is a fantastic event, which provides an excellent platform for local third sector organisations and clubs to promote their work in a carnival atmosphere.”

City charity Aberdeen Play Forum was recently chosen by the Celebrate Aberdeen board to receive £2,500 – which was collected during the parade last year.

Karen Shepherd, play development officer at Aberdeen Play Forum, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this funding for our main events this year and we’re very grateful to be the recipient of the Celebrate Aberdeen street collection fund.”

Organisations wishing to take part in this year’s Celebrate Aberdeen Union Street parade can sign up at www.celebrateaberdeen.org