The city will be awash with colour this weekend as the Foyle Pride Festival takes to the streets of Derry for its annual celebration of diversity, equality and culture, running from August 21-24.
Over 7,400 people turned out last year to support the event which celebrates the lives of the LGBT community in the North West, promoting inclusion and respect and celebrating Derry’s rich cultural mix.
Speaking ahead of the event the Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, wished the organisers of the annual Foyle Pride Festival every success.
“Last year the turnout was fantastic, and this year even more people are expected to attend the event which has become a real highlight of Derry’s summer festival programme,” she declared.
“Foyle Pride does an amazing job in offering support to the local LGBT community here in the North West, and the growing success of this event is a real testament to the value of their work here in the city. Derry is proud to embrace and promote diversity, and the LGBT community here is just one important part of our colourful cultural fusion.
“I’m delighted to be attending Saturday’s event and to offer my support, and that of Derry City Council, for both the festival and the city’s LGBT community. I wish the organisers every success in what promises to be yet another positive event for the city and I would encourage everyone to come along and join in the celebrations.”
Chairperson of the Foyle Pride committee, Shá Gillespie said: “The Festival was a great success last year. It was fantastic to see so many people on the streets of Derry. Pride is a celebration of the LGBT community and an important cultural event for the city.
“This year we want to make Pride bigger and better and hope that all of the Derry Community will come out to support us.”
Building on the momentum of previous years, festival organisers this year anticipate that the festival will be even more impressive, with more colour, spectacle and carnival-style entertainment. The main festival parade takes place on Saturday August 23, leaving Waterside Station for the Guildhall at 2pm.
For more information about the full programme of events and activities as well as tickets, please visit www.foylepridefestival.com or www.facebook.com/foylepride.