Organisers of Celebrate Aberdeen will hold their largest ever event in the city this weekend and have urged residents to support their summer extravaganza.
The weekend programme features Union Street mile running races, a third sector parade and musical performances and entertainment at locations across the city centre.
As well as local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, musicians, dancers and city sports groups will take part in Celebrate Aberdeen which will be held on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26.
More than 160 organisations will take part in the celebratory parade along Union Street which will start at Holburn Junction at 11am on Saturday, August 25.
The parade was first held in 2011 and has brought together more than 3,500 people from third sector organisations for each event in recent years.
Energy companies Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd and CNR International (UK) Ltd are sponsors this year to add to support from partners, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired, who help to fund the annual event. Northsound 1 is the event’s media partner.
As well as the parade, activities and musical performances will also take place throughout the weekend in Broad Street, Bon Accord, St Nicholas Roof Garden, the Trinity Centre and Union Square.
Performers include The Roadhouse band, Sparks, Flaxman, Sweet Adelines and Deadloss Superstar. Wrestlezone will also feature on Broad Street throughout Saturday afternoon.
Morven Mackenzie, the leading force behind Celebrate Aberdeen, said: “The finishing touches are being made for this year’s event which will be the biggest and best yet. It would be great to see large crowds right along Union Street for the parade and for the performers on stage and in the shopping centres throughout the weekend.
“All of the organisations which are on board with Celebrate Aberdeen are truly remarkable in the work they carry out across the city. Being able to offer them an opportunity to celebrate and gather more support is fantastic.
“We are delighted to be organising another parade this year as well as a range of activities and performances throughout the weekend, which will be fun for all the family.”
Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council, Culture spokesperson, said: “Through our City Centre Masterplan Aberdeen City Council is committed to making Aberdeen an even more vibrant place to live, work and visit – our year-round events programme is integral to that.
“The city is proud to support Celebrate Aberdeen once again and by combining the second Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run with the thriving Celebrate Aberdeen we have created a weekend of activity that has something for everyone.
“Collaborative working is vital to the success of events like Celebrate Aberdeen and the run. Our Aberdeen 365 Events Programme demonstrates the commitment of our local and national partners that support our vision of development and sustainability of events in the north-east.”
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