One of the highlights of the summer in Glasgow is the West End Festival and this year saw the return of the Mardis Gras parade down Byres Road.

There were 60 service users and staff from Turning Point Scotland’s Viewpoint, Courtyard and SAIL services who took part last Sunday.

The Viewpoint art group had been designing and making costumes however due to the large volume of costumes they required some extra help to get them all done. Thanks to everyone at Govan Road and to West End Festival volunteer, Angela, for all their help.

It turned out to be a hot sunny day in Glasgow on the 9th of June, and there were huge crowds that turned out to see the parade.  Festival organisers have said there were record numbers out to see the parade this year.

There were 600 people in costumes and six samba bands taking part in the parade. With 60 people in our group, Turning Point Scotland had the largest group of costumes in the parade.

The theme this year was “Flying High” and our costumes ranged from Parrots and butterflies to spitfires and flying saucers. The feedback from everyone taking part has been very positive. It was quite a long walk for some people and Evolution Rickshaws gave us a great rate for four rickshaws to carry people along the route.

The rickshaw cyclists were very popular with the kids as they were dressed as Superman and Batman and got right into the spirit.  All in all it was a very successful event and we plan to be back again next year… after a well earned rest!