Colour and protests at gay pride in Belfast

The annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015. ''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
The annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015. ''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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The annual gay pride event has been held in Belfast.

Crowds turned out to watch the march through the city centre.

The annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015. ''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015. ''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A number of demonstrators opposed to homosexuality stood in protest in front of City Hall.

Supporters of same-sex marriage were emboldened at this year’s event in the aftermath of the large vote in favour of gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland in May.

Among the politicians attending Saturday’s march was the Alliance Leader David Ford MLA.

He said he was delighted to see members of his party “come out in force to support this year’s Belfast Pride” including Anna Lo MLA.

Protesters against the annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015.

Protesters against the annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015.

He said: “Belfast Pride has become one of the annual highlights of the local calendar, eagerly looked forward to by many people. This week has already seen some fantastic events, attended by many people. This parade was a chance for everyone to come together and show everything that is positive about the LGBT community.

“It is also a chance to highlight that while much work has been done to combat discrimination, challenges still remain. We need to tackle issues such as adoption by single sex couples, the right for gay men to donate blood, homophobic bullying in schools and equal marriage.

“But the crowds supporting the Pride parade today show the vast majority of people in our society do not tolerate prejudice. Alliance will continue to fight against all forms of discrimination and lead the way in promoting equality for everyone.”

Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson at the annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015. ''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson at the annual gay pride march in Belfast city centre on August 1 2015. ''Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.