Fundraiser launched to raise money for Glasgow’s West End festival
May 18, 2016 11:44 AM
Organisers of Glasgow's West End Festival are attempting to raise 50,000 to reinstate itsstreet parade, which was previously dropped in 2012.
The funds raised will go towards the 2017 event, a Mardi Gras-style parade which could potentially attract up to 100,000 people.
Festival chair Liz Scobie said: ”We took our time this year to think of how best to go about making sure the festival is sustainable in the future.
We've come to realise that as the public are so enthusiastic about the parade and businesses in the west end increase takings on Festival Sunday, we need to start to ask for help and support in future years.
We've never been able to ticket the event, so we can't charge for attending the parade, plus we've always wanted to ensure a real family day out for everyone to enjoy.
This year's Mardi Gras spectacle was cancelled earlier this year, with organisers citing increasing costs like road closures, licenses, policing, security and cleansing, and a reduction in funding across the board in the arts.