Thousands expected at Pride parade today

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.

Thousands are expected to turn out for the annual Foyle Pride Parade this afternoon.

The parade, which is due to move off from the Waterside Train Station at 2pm, is the centre-piece of a week long programme of events carrying on through into the weekend.

GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL LAUNCH. . . .Group pictured at the Guildhall on Wednesday morning for the launch of the 2015 Foyle Gay Pride Festival. From left are Eimear Willis and Sha Gillespie, Foyle Pride, Heather Wilson, The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, Brendan McMenamin, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Christopher Jackson. DER3015MC059

GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL LAUNCH. . . .Group pictured at the Guildhall on Wednesday morning for the launch of the 2015 Foyle Gay Pride Festival. From left are Eimear Willis and Sha Gillespie, Foyle Pride, Heather Wilson, The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, Brendan McMenamin, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Christopher Jackson. DER3015MC059

Organisers will be hoping the sunshine this morning holds through until the parade passes through the city centre,

Meanwhile as part of the Pride celebrations, larger than life cut-outs of those who have led the charge for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights have been pasted on to Free Derry Corner earlier this week.

The rainbow flag is also currently flying from the mast over Free Derry Corner.

Foyle Pride 2015 was launched by Mayor Elisha McCallion at the Guildhall this week.

The new 'Queer Icons Foyle Gay Pride 2015' additions at Free Derry Corner.

The new 'Queer Icons Foyle Gay Pride 2015' additions at Free Derry Corner.

The Pride parade will cross the river and make its way through the town, ending at Guildhall Square, where entertainment will be provided by Paddy Nash, Best Boy Grip, Encore Contemporary Choir among others this afternoon.

There will also be a family fun day in Cafe Soul, followed later by Brighton’s DJ Uncle Margie at Sandino’s from 8pm, entry £5.

Tomorrow, Sunday, there will be an LGBT family picnic at St Columb’s Park from 2pm and the Foyle Pride Ball with Mirenda Rosenberg and DJ Ann Harley will take place on Sunday night at the City Hotel from 8pm, entry priced at £10.