Belfast Pride 2015: sea of colour and party atmosphere as parade gets underway

 

 

Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Pride-Crowded Boulevard Pride-High Stepping Pride Beetle

Thousands of people joined in the fun of the 25th annual Pride parade in Belfast on Saturday.

Organisers said they expect a bigger turnout than usual at the parade following the Yes vote in the Republic’s referendum on same-sex marriage and subsequent push for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Pride website says the organisers wanted the even to be “a big, positive celebration of the 25th anniversary of Belfast Pride as well a celebration of our community and our place in the city”.

Meanwhile a small group of protesters clutching placards displaying Bible verses gathered at Belfast City Hall in opposition to the event.

View photos from the event in the gallery above.

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