Thousands of charity workers, volunteers and supporters will take parade through Aberdeen city centre this weekend.
Celebrate Aberdeen marks the work of the north-east’s third sector and its unsung heroes.
Around 130 organisations – from charities, social enterprises and sports clubs – will march down Union Street on Saturday for the annual event.
In the afternoon, there will be musical and dance performances in venues across the city centre to shine a light on those who also contribute to the culture of Aberdeen.
Before the parade, the eagerly anticipated one-mile race down Union Street will be held. Runners of all ages will set off from the Music Hall at 10.30am.
The parade will set off from the Holburn junction, led by Newtonhill Pipe Band and various mascots from the charities taking part. The procession begins at 11am and will be brought to a close by the Rock Choir at Queen Street.
Morven Mackenzie, who dreamt up the idea of Celebrate Aberdeen in 2011, said she was looking forward to the atmosphere on the day.
She said: “After eight months of hard work and planning by Celebrate Aberdeen’s team of volunteers, it’s exciting to think that the big day is almost here.
“Our fantastic third sector and all of the organisations taking part do so much for us all every day of the year, so this day is all about saying thank you to them.
“I’d urge anyone who’s not seen the Celebrate Aberdeen parade before to come along and enjoy the spectacle.”
The conclusion of the parade marks the beginning of a weekend of live entertainment taking place at five venues across the city centre – Bon Accord, Bon Accord Roof Garden, Union Square, Trinity Centre and Broad Street. All events are completely free of charge.
Next month, the hard work of the north-east’s third sector will be further recognised at the Celebrate Aberdeen Awards on September 14.
And on Sunday, the city centre will again be buzzing with activity as 6,000 runners take to the streets for the Great Aberdeen Run.
Participants will complete a 10K or half marathon, taking them through the streets of the city centre, beach and Bridge of Don areas.