Village Aunties at the Independence March and Rally 2013

So we went:

Village Aunties take the train to the 2013 Indy March and Rally

Village Aunties take the train to the 2013 Indy March and Rally

Then we waved our banner about and enjoyed the march and rally greatly (we even got a round of applause as we walked up Cockburn Street, plus many many photies taken of us and congratulations on our sheer existence):

Village Aunties banner at the indy rally on Calton Hill.

Village Aunties banner at the indy rally on Calton Hill.

(Many thanks to Auntie Sveinn Jah for the above photo).

Then we got the train home, too knackered to go to the after party:

The Village Aunties banner having a nap on the train home.

The Village Aunties banner having a nap on the train home.

It was good.

We love Auntie Nicola (you cannot hear the incredible cheers from many thousands of people for her on the video below), and thanks to Auntie Pats Harvie for speaking out for the LGBT part of the fight for indy:

We even *almost* forgave Alan Bissett for his inexcusable defence of Wings Over Scotland’s transphobia recently when he moved thousands of people to laughter and tears with this poem:

P.S. We saw Wings Over Scotland in the flesh for the first time, looking a total fanny with his Nazi-esque Eagle flag. Don’t believe me? Do some comparative Google image searches. Not as big a fanny, though, as the be-kilted dude we saw with what looked like an American Confederate flag attached to his Saltire. Yeah, way to show we’re *not* a racist or fascist movement dudes. And we kinda need to keep an eye on exactly which European independence movements are showing up and flying flags at our rallies; I gather one or two of the ones that were there have some kind of alliance with far-right groups. I’ll see if we can get a blog post together about that.

So there’s one more of these, next year on August 30th 2014.

Next year's march and rally for Scottish independence.. the last one before the referendum.

Next year’s march and rally for Scottish independence.. the last one before the referendum.

Village Aunties need to be a bit better organised next year! We missed totally meeting up with folk who we knew were there, because the march and rally were so huge! Here’s to a big bloc of Aunties all together next year!

Finally, since today is Bi Visibility Day, we have to shout out to Scotland’s most famous out bisexual, and one of the more famous and delightful indy supporters, the inimitable Alan Cumming:

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