Belfast Pride Festival 2016 - Everything you need to know - traffic and travel, what's on, when and where
Belfast will be awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns.
Belfast Pride ranks in the top ten largest Pride parades in the UK and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015.
It is a 10 day festival over 100 events that showcase the creativity, arts, history, culture, opinions and everyday lives of the LGBT community in Belfast.
When is Belfast Pride week?
The 10-day festival takes place from July 29 to Sunday August 7.
Belfast Pride is Ireland's biggest LGBT festival with thousands flocking to the city to take part.
This year's theme is We Are One.
When is the parade?
The biggest single parade in Belfast takes place on Saturday August 6 from 1pm.
Traffic and Travel
The parade will leave Queen’s Square at 1pm, travel along High Street, Bridge Street, Waring Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Donegall Place, Donegall Square North, Donegall Square East, Donegall Square South, Howard Street, Upper Queen Street, Queen Street, Castle Street, Castle Place, move along High Street again before returning to Queen’s Square for dispersal at approximately 2pm.
There will be a pre-parade build up party from 11.30am at Custom House Square and the Albert Clock before and after the parade as well as Pride Village in the Donegall Quay area, adjacent to Custom House Square.
Police will seek to keep traffic moving through the city centre throughout the day where possible however motorists are advised that delays should be expected.
How to take part:
To register a float or a walking group register here
Belfast City Council has rules that mean that participants on the Belfast Pride Parade cannot distribute flyers, business cards, balloons, flags, badges or any other promotional items, so remember not to include this in your plans.
What other events are there?
Throughout the 10 days there are a series of events taking place across the city. The official launch and 2016 Belfast Pride Awards take place at Belfast City Hall on July 29.
The Belfast Pride Awards are the leading LGBTQ awards ceremony in Belfast. The Awards recognise contributions to the LGBTQ community from across a range of sectors from business, entertainment and community support groups.
The Big Pride Picnic family day takes place on Saturday July 30 in the grounds of City Hall Belfast. It is on from 12pm - 5pm. There will be giant inflatables on the lawn, Here NI’s Family Fun Day with Arts & Crafts, Storytelling and Music, plus having a screening of Disney / Pixar’s animated film UP.
For the full list of events click here
Can I volunteer?
Volunteer recruitment is now closed. But the team will be recruiting throughout the year for Committee members and for the 2017 festival.
Pride in numbers
50,000 people attend events across Belfast Pride