Thousands to attend Foyle Pride parade in Derry this weekend

Thousands are expected to gather in Derry this weekend for the annual Foyle Pride parade.

The festival, which is running all this week, will culminate this Saturday, August 27 in the annual parade, which will depart from Waterside Train Station at 2pm.

There will be celebrations afterwards in Guildhall Square.

Other highlights include the Big Pride Quiz at Bennigans’ Bar tonight, Wednesday at 8.30pm, Read With Pride Storytime at the Central Library on Thursday at 11am and Pride Does Politics at the Playhouse the same day at 6pm.

A previous Foyle Pride parade in Derry.

Friday will see an under 18s Guiseppe’s Ballroom music and socialising event at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, from 5pm to 8pm, followed by an over-18s event from 8pm to 11pm at the same venue, as well as a Drag-It-Up competition event with Lady Portia Di Monte and DJ Bill X at Da Vinci’s at 8pm; admission at the door is £5.

Kathleen Bradley, chair of the Foyle Pride Committee, said: “We have some very exciting personalities appearing throughout the week and I’m very grateful to them for coming to Derry, getting involved and helping us to keep Derry on the map as a haven for LGBTQIA+ community and culture.”

Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Sandra Duffy, speaking at the programme launch recently, said: “I am looking forward to being part of the celebrations and to welcome people from all over our Council area to this fantastic celebration.

“I want to pay tribute to everyone involved in Foyle Pride, and for the excellent work they do to represent the local LGBT+ community and campaigning in solidarity with the global LGBT+ community.”

FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL 2022 LAUNCH. . . .The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Sandra Duffy pictured launching the Foyle Pride Festival 2022 at the Mayorâ€TMs Parlour, Guildhall on Tuesday evening. The festival will run from Sunday, 21st-Saturday, 27th August with events throughout the city and district. Included in photo are, from left, Jennifer Kane, committee, Donal Henderson, secretary, Kathleen Bradley, chair and Ann Cassidy, committee. (Photo: Jim McCafferty Photography)
A previous Foyle Pride Parade makes it way down Shipquay Street towards Guildhall Square. DER3417GS076