Belfast Telegraph

Rainbow warriors take Pride of place at Belfast parade

By Amanda Poole

Belfast was bursting with colour on Saturday as the city played host to the annual Pride parade.

Now in its 21st year, the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people saw 17,000 take part and line the streets for the largest cross-community festival parade in Belfast, as well as the largest individual parade in Northern Ireland.

One significant figure person celebrating the day of inclusion and equality at the carnival and funfair-themed event was gay activist Jeffrey Dudgeon.

He fought to have homosexuality decriminalised in Northern Ireland some 30 years ago and was honoured in 2011 as Pride Hero of All Time.

He told the Belfast Telegraph "the world has changed utterly".

"It would have been inconceivable 30 years ago when we started our law reform campaign that we would move from illegal and hunted down to publicly parading," he said.

Well-known local drag queen Titti Von Tramp strutted her way from Custom House Square to City Hall and back in nine-inch clear heeled stilettos.

She said: "It's a day of celebration for the gay community."

Belfast Mayor Niall O Donnghaile and Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin also took part in this year's parade.

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