Foyle Pride celebrates its 20th anniversary

Come help us celebrate 20 years of Foyle Pride with the most colourful parade in town! (Photo courtesy of McGilloway Photography)
Come help us celebrate 20 years of Foyle Pride with the most colourful parade in town! (Photo courtesy of McGilloway Photography)

Derry will be awash with colour next weekend when the annual Foyle Pride Parade illuminates the city’s streets - and 2013 is cause for special celebrations too with Foyle Pride celebrating its 20th birthday!

Tonight, August 20, sees the official launch of Foyle Gay Pride Festival at 8pm in An Cultúrlann on Great James Street. Organisers are thrilled to announce that acclaimed writer, performer and “flowery feminist floosie” Amy Lamé will arrive in Derry to launch proceedings in style.

20 years of Foyle Gay pride is certainly an achievement, and an array of dazzling events are lined up throughout the week to mark this auspicious occasion.

The first incarnation of the festival took place way back in 1993 - which is incredibly only 11 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised here in the North. Since then the festival has enjoyed many incarnations over the last two decades, but its primary purpose has remained the same - to celebrate the lives of the LGBT community here in the north-west and to push for inclusion and equality for all.

The Foyle Pride Parade next Saturday, August 24, has long become a colourful staple of Derry’s summer and gets bigger and brighter every year, thanks to its unique family friendly carnival atmosphere and the legions of participants from all walks of life.

For more information about events, activities and the Pride birthday bash, as well as tickets, please visit: www.foylepridefestival.com or: www.facebook.com/foylepride