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Town painted all the colours of the rainbow as thousands attend Foyle Gay Pride Parade

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Thousands of people turned out to take part in and witness the colourful Foyle Pride parade on Saturday.

The rain stayed away as the eye-catching parade wound its way from the Waterside Railway Station to Craigavon Bridge and then through the city centre to the cheers of waiting spectators,

A cavalcade of local bikers led the massive procession, as tunes including ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘I Kissed A Girl’ blared from speakers.

Drag queens, party coaches, dancers and young majorettes got the crowds going as they passed down Shipquay Street and into Guildhall Square, with the massive rainbow flag a striking central feature as it was held aloft by dozens of people.

Veteran civil rights activist Eamonn McCann and Foyle Gay Pride chairperson Sha Gillespie were among those at the helm of the parade.

The carnival atmosphere was palpable in Guildhall Square as a succession of musicians took to the stage , including Derry’s very own drag cabaret comedy act, The Foyle Follies, and talented local bands. There was further family friendly entertainment across the street at Cafe Soul.

The parade was the central plank of the Foyle Gay Pride 2014 programme, which has this week seen discussions, concerts and performances taking place in the city. One of the most successful events was the re-staging of local man Michael Kerrigan’s play ‘Pits and Perverts’, at the Playhouse.

 

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