Saturday 6th July 2013, and tens of thousands from the LGBT community and their families and supporters turned out to celebrate Pride by parading in Belfast. The parade was so large, that the route had to be changed to accommodate everyone.
This is the 23 year of the parade, and as stated its biggest; the parade in 1990 consisted of approximately 100 people from the community, but it is now seen as an integral part of Belfast’s many festivals, and has been welcomed and embraced by the current Lord Mayor Martin O Muilleoir, his statement on the 8th July emphasised this:
‘It’s my hope that the sense of joy, community, respect and love surrounding the Belfast Pride parade, which I had the privilege of starting yesterday, will prevail as we enter into a challenging week.
It was uplifting to see a celebration which really put a smile on the face of Belfast and I have no doubt that while I was the first Lord Mayor to start and address the Pride parade and festival, the involvement of the First Citizen will continue in the years ahead.’ (Link to Belfast City Lord Mayors Blog)