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Disability Pride fun day for all at Belfast City Hall

By Joanne Sweeney

Belfast will pay tribute to people with all types of disability when it hosts an international carnival and parade today.

It will be the first time that Disability Pride has taken place in the UK since it started 10 years ago.

More than 800 people from 18 charities and support groups from throughout Northern Ireland are taking part in the free carnival and family fun day at City Hall.

Wheelchair dancers Strictly Wheels – who were semi-finalists in the Britain's Got Talent competition in 2012– will headline the carnival, which starts with a parade to Writers' Square at 11.30am.

A spokesman said: "There will be plenty of things for all the family to do, with 50 exhibitors also taking part with fun activities for the kids provided."

Several members of the Special Olympics and Irish Amputee World Cup football team will be there at the event, which will be compered by broadcaster Alan Simpson.

The live music is being provided by popular groups Saffyre and Skyzdalimit, with Belfast ska band Doghouse closing the party at 3.30pm.

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