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In Pictures: Belfast hosts UK’s first Disability Pride celebration

Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Aoife McDermott, Shannon McGarry and Katy Hamilton from Londonderry.©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com
Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day. Aoife McDermott, Shannon McGarry and Katy Hamilton from Londonderry.©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com
Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com
Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day. ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre.Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre.Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day. Belfast Lord Mayor Clr Nicola Mallon joins the organisers of Disability Pride on stage along with host Alan Simpson.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Northern Ireland- 19th September 2014 Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. The parade, made up of disability charities from across Northern Ireland, started at Writers Square making its way to the City Hall for a family fun day.
Northern Ireland- 19th September 2014 Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. The parade, made up of disability charities from across Northern Ireland, started at Writers Square making its way to the City Hall for a family fun day.
Amy Bowe and Jemma Stewart pictured at the Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September after taking part in the Alzheimers Memory Walk at Stormont.
Amy Bowe pictured at the Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September after taking part in the Alzheimers Memory Walk at Stormont.
Skyzdalimit from Omagh pictured on stage at an open air Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September.
We might have a disability - but - we can sing Skyzdalimit from Omagh pictured prior to taking to the stage at an open air Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September. In the words of a spokesman for the group, We might have a disability - but - we can sing.
Loughinisland ladies, proudly supporting Tinylife at the Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September after completing their zip line across the River Lagan which raised over £3,000 for the charity.
Gayle Millar (3rd from left) and representatives from Autism NI (East Antrim Branch) pictured at the Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September.
Girl Group Saffyre pictured entertaining a large audience at an open air Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September.
(FILE PHOTO) Shares in Britain's biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, plummeted by more than 10% as it was revealed the company had overstated their profits from the first year half of trading by £250m. The company has commissioned Deloitte to conduct an independent investigation into the accounting error. They have suspended 4 executives. BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 11: In this photo illustration a laptop displays the Tesco website on August 11, 2014 in Bristol, United Kingdom. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale. Since that sale - a copy of an album by the artist Sting - online retailing has grown to such an extent that it is now claimed that 95 percent of the UK population has shopped online and close to one in four deciding to shop online each week. (Photo Illustration by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Downs Syndrome Support Group - Families with Ups and Downs pictured at the Disability Pride Concert in the grounds of Belfast City Hall on Saturday 20th September.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th September 2014 Picture credit ©Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Disability Pride takes place in the grounds of Belfast city hall. Thousands of people turned out to support the international carnival and family fun day.
Sunday Life The Quinn family, Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Sunday Life Carnival From Custom House Square to celebrate the lives and achievements of ALL those people living with disabilities. Parade will be immediately followed by Free Family Fun day which includes concerts and live entertainment from 6 Acts as well as over 50 Exhibitors and Family activities on City Hall,s West Lawn until 5pm. Picture Sunday Life
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com
Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

By Patricia Devlin

Belfast city centre was transformed into a sea of smiles on Saturday as hundreds turned out for the UK’s first ever Disability Pride parade.

Bands, floats and entertainers swept through the city centre in the colourful afternoon march which saw over 800 representatives from 18 charities turn out in support of those living with disabilities.

Members of the Special Olympics and Irish Amputee World Cup football teams were there, while Britain’s Got Talent Strictly Wheels duo Gary and Paula entertained crowds on the family festival’s main stage at Belfast City Hall.

DJ Alan Simpson compered the event which included an open air concert, sports demonstrations and gourmet food.

Cross-community performing arts charity Skyzdalimit Omagh put on a spectacular performance, as did pop band Saffyre.

Belfast was chosen as the first UK city to host the unique event, after its US based organisers were impressed by the work of Northern Ireland based Trip-Ability website. The website, owned by Downpatrick man Michael Holden, allows users from around the world share experiences of travel and products with the disabled community.

The international celebration first began in Chicago 10 years ago and keeps on growing. Last year, Madrid and Berlin joined the network, holding the very first European Disability Parade events.

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