Northern Ireland

Belfast Pride: Parade attracts tens of thousands to the city

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Image caption The Pride festival, which runs over 10 days, attracted an audience in the region of 50,000

Thousands of people took part in the Belfast Pride Parade through the city centre on Saturday.

With a theme of 'We are One', the parade was led by Mary Ellen Campbell, Belfast's first openly gay deputy mayor.

The Pride festival, which runs over 10 days, finishes on Sunday.

More than 100 events have showcased the creativity, arts, history and culture of the LGBT community in the city.

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Image caption The Pride festival, which runs over 10 days, finishes on Sunday

Festival goers and musicians gathered in Queen's Square before parading through the city centre.

The 'Pride Village', aimed at families and children, was a smoke and alcohol-free zone.

Custom House Square hosted a celebration concert on Saturday evening.

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Image caption The parade was led by Mary Ellen Campbell - Belfast's first openly gay deputy mayor

Sean O'Neill, chair of Belfast Pride, said the event is now one of the biggest in the city.

"It keeps getting bigger every year," he said.

"The point of pride is about visibility - bringing LGBT people on to the streets to challenge stereotypes and making a point that we want to be full and equal citizens with the rest of the city."

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