Foyle ‘Pride’ at making national award shortlist

All aboard as the annual Foyle Pride parade makes it's way down Shipquay Street in Derry during a previous Foyle Pride Parade.
All aboard as the annual Foyle Pride parade makes it's way down Shipquay Street in Derry during a previous Foyle Pride Parade.

The organisers of Derry’s Foyle Pride Festival said they are delighted at being shortlisted for the Community Organisation accolade at the forthcoming UK’s National Diversity Award 2015.

They will now go on to join a host of charities and role models from across the UK at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool for the awards ceremony and announcements on September 18.

Some of those attending a previous Foyle Pride parade in Derry.  (DER3413JB143)

Some of those attending a previous Foyle Pride parade in Derry. (DER3413JB143)

Over 20,000 nominations and votes from grass roots communities were received by the award organisers this year.

Foyle Pride has been shortlisted after being hailed as a highly successful community festival which celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and promotes diversity and equality in Northern Ireland.

This year the parade will run from August 24 to 30 inclusive, with the centre piece of the festival being the Foyle Pride parade.

The parade has grown in stature and attendance year-on-year over the past decade.

Participants at the 2011 Foyle Pride Parade in Derry. Inpresspics.com. 27.8.11

Participants at the 2011 Foyle Pride Parade in Derry. Inpresspics.com. 27.8.11

A spokesperson for Foyle Pride described it as a “colourful celebration”, adding:

“It forms an integral part of the cultural programme of our city and last year had over 9,000 people participating and supporting the parade,”

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry said the diversity awards are continuing to have a positive impact across the whole of the UK.

He said: “The awards have grown. And with it, so has the vast array of unsung diversity heroes being recognised nationwide.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the nominees the best of luck. You are all winners.”

The Foyle Pride festival spokesperson said they were “delight to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award and to have been acknowledged in this way”.

“Foyle Pride is proud of it’s roots and continues to work with the LGBT community to make a difference in the north of Ireland,” the spokesperson said.