Popular celebration of Aberdeen’s third sector returns

A unique celebration will be held in Aberdeen this summer to highlight all that is good about the city. 

The Celebrate Aberdeen event is being held on August 22 and 23 and will involve the return of the popular third sector parade, as well as a host of music performances to showcase local talent.

The parade was first held in 2011 and has brought together more than 3,500 people from 130 diverse third sector organisations on each of the three occasions.

It will involve different charities, social enterprises and volunteering organisations uniting in a procession through the heart of the city on August 22 to illustrate the fantastic work they are involved in.

Musical performances will also be held in Union Terrace Gardens throughout the fun-filled weekend, which is being supported by Aberdeen City Council, and aims to provide a platform to celebrate the great talent in the city.

Morven Mackenzie, director of Aberdeen based integrated communications agency Citrus:Mix, the leading force behind Celebrate Aberdeen, said she was delighted with the success of last year’s event and is pleased to see the parade return to the city.

“The Celebrate Aberdeen gathering was fantastic last year and provided a great platform for local talent and performers. There was a wonderful atmosphere, with everyone clearly delighted to be involved. We have decided to bring the parade back this year and are pleased to be able to offer charities, social enterprises and volunteering organisations the opportunity to take part in this fabulous procession again,” she said.

“So many people in Aberdeen benefit from the services of these organisations and this is a great way of saying thanks and helping to raise their profile. We are excited to show off all the local talent in the city throughout the weekend and celebrate all the great things that go on in Aberdeen.”

Aberdeen’s Lord Provost George Adam has provided his backing to the popular event.

He said: “Celebrate Aberdeen is a great event which helps build awareness of the third sector while also bringing together people throughout the city. This is a chance to mark the tremendous work that charities, social enterprises and volunteering organisations carry out in Aberdeen. I am delighted to support the parade and surrounding activities and am thoroughly looking forward to seeing the talent that the city has to offer.”

The Celebrate Aberdeen committee is calling out to all Aberdeen city-based third sector organisations to sign up to participate in the parade. Registration begins on March 1 and charities wishing to take part can sign-up at http://www.celebrateaberdeen.org or contact Morven Mackenzie on 01224 439990 or morven@citrusmix.com.


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