VIDEO: Thousands take part in colourful Foyle Pride parade

Thousands of people have turned out for the colourful 2015 Foyle Pride Festival Parade.

The earlier threat of rain never materialised on Saturday afternoon as the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities led the parade off from Waterside Train Station across Craigavon Bridge and wound their way through the city.

Bert and Ernie make an appearance at Foyle Gay Pride Parade.

Bert and Ernie make an appearance at Foyle Gay Pride Parade.

Local bikers led the parade, with friends, families, political parties, trade unions, human rights activist and organisations as well as some religious people all taking part.

Among the stand-out features were large puppets of Bert and Ernie from The Muppets, as one of the central themes of this year’s march- the campaign for equal marriage - was written large on some of the banners.

There was also a band of drumming and dancing Warhol-esque bananas, followed by participants chanting’ We’re Here, We’re Queer, We Won’t Live In Fear!’

The massive rainbow flag was once again unfurled this year, and made for an impressive sight as it was carried over the bridge and later down Shipquay Street.

Banner for marriage equality at the parade.

Banner for marriage equality at the parade.

Local disco-dancing children brought up the rear of the parade followed by a few vintage vehicles belting out some old school tunes.

Crowds clustered at various spots along the route to cheer on the procession as it made its way through the town, while many shoppers stopped to take in the scene.

This year’s parade was primarily themed to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners campaign in the UK, as explored in the Derry play ‘Pits and Perverts’.

And the celebrations were continuing at Guildhall Square this afternoon with a succession of acts such as Paddy Nash, Encore Contemporary Choir and Best Boy Grip gracing the stage.