Sligo shoppers last Saturday, 13 Aug, were treated to a parade of colour and fun as the Community Festival for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people in the region and their friends, family members and supporters got underway.
The festival, which began in Sligo in 2006, has grown and saw visitors from around the country come to Sligo to support the festival.
“Pride Parades happen all over the world,” says Izzy O’Rourke, PRO of Northwest Pride, “but ours has rapidly acquired a reputation as one of the friendliest, due to the outstanding welcome offered by people in the Northwest.”
The Parade set off from Sligo’s City Hall from 2pm on Saturday where Samba bands, spectacular costumes and a gigantic rainbow flag created a carnival attitude.
The LGBT community in Ireland and in the North West have cause for celebration with the recent appointment of a full-time Community Worker to the region, courtesy of the LGBT Diversity programme and the passing of the recent Civil Partnership Act.