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Interactive Map - Belfast Pride parade 2016 route

Thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast for the 25th annual Gay Pride Parade last year
Cathal McGuigan

THE 2016 Belfast Pride Parade will take place on Saturday August 6.

Large crowds are expected at the 26th annual parade with begins at 1pm at the Albert Clock side of Custom House Square.

The parade will travel along Victoria Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Waring Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue to Donegall Place. 

The march will then proceed around the back of Belfast City Hall, where protests against the parade are expected to take place. The parade will then proceed along  Howard Street, Upper Queen Street, Queen Street, Castle Street, Castle Place, move along High Street again before returning to Victoria Street for dispersal at approximately 2.30pm.

 

The 2016 Belfast Pride Festival will feature more than 80 events over 10 days that aim to showcase the creativity, history and culture of Belfast's LGBT community.

The theme for this year's festival is 'We Are One.' Seán Ó'Néill, chair of Belfast Pride, said the theme "reflects the strength that comes from a diverse movement."

"The Belfast Pride parade is our biggest platform of the year to make a stand - the loss of life in Orlando caused a lot of pain but gave many people a new resolve to challenge prejudice and stand up for Equality, a lasting tribute to all those who have been victims of hate," he said.

"This is not a time to stand on the pavement as the parade goes by, join in with pride and get to as many events as you can during the festival."

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