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'Ginger Pride' rally in Edinburgh, Scotland made people see red

Posted Aug 11, 2013 by Anne Sewell
As part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a parade was organized by Canadian comedian Shawn Hitchins to demonstrate against "gingerism," or prejudice against people with red hair.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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According to Hitchens, the march saw more than a hundred redheads, creating an "amazing" atmosphere as they wound their way from the Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street, across North Bridge to the city's Royal Mile.
Waving banners and placards with messages like "All hail! The red, orange and pale", "Ginger and proud", "For the love of ginger", and the writer's personal favorite, "Don't make me mad, or I will ginger snap," it seems everyone had a great time.
"I just want to thank all my fellow gingers who took the time attend today's inaugural Ginger Pride event," said Hitchens.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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"I believe we truly sent a message to the world of how proud we are to be ginger. It was a special moment for gingers everywhere. All hail the red, orange and pale."
Songwriter Caroline England, 35, and her daughter Taran, 4, from Liverpool attended the parade.
England told the Daily Mail: "Our hair color is beautiful. I have even written a song called "Ginger" which is about having this distinctive look and being proud of it. It's a funny take on having red hair."
"There are many people who think it's alright to be mean towards people with red hair, but we are proud of who we are."
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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Hitchins said he is hoping it can become an annual event:
"This is the first year and we’re starting small and if all goes well I would love for this event to become an annual celebration in one of my favorite cities."
"I think its just the start and there is a possibility to create a larger march in the future."
"It’s totally tongue-in-cheek, but in light of the recent attention to bullying and gingerism we can send a message to all that says, it gets redder."
He added: "Being ginger plays into your identity and we are all one big ginger family."
"Internationally, red hair is tied to the identity of Scotland and should be cause for celebration."
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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"There are not many redheads in Canada and I wanted to be around a large group of gingers for once. I just put the idea out there and now hundreds of people showed up."
The BBC reports that "gingerism" or ginger-prejudice really does exist.
According to Fiona Inglis from Edinburgh, she loves her ginger hair now — but she said that school was a different story.
"You don't want to be singled out, and having bright orange hair you definitely feel different," she said.
"That Prodigy song Fire Starter was a nightmare! I remember at school walking into the library and all the sixth years bursting into song with 'I'm a fire starter, twisted fire starter.'"
"It's almost like ginger is a bad word. It's like any discrimination really. It's just picking on people, and it's not right."
Comic Hitchens is apparently also performing a show, inspired by his hair color, called "Ginger Nation" at the Edinburgh PBH's Free Fringe.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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