Please note that this information is about the 2017 Belfast Pride Parade and is here for Guidance only. Applications are not yet open for the 2018 Belfast Pride Parade.
When: Saturday 5th August at 1.00pm. Leaving from Custom House Square, parade build up starts from 11.30am.
The festival : Belfast Pride Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast and runs over 100 events across 10 days. The festival runs from Friday 28th July and will run to Sunday 6th August with Pride Day and the centrepiece Pride Parade on Saturday 5th August.
The Parade : The Belfast Pride Parade is the biggest cross community parade in the city, the main event in the LGBTQ calendar and the one of the key events in Belfast Pride festival. It is a protest and a celebration, a call for equality, a stand for solidarity and a celebration of the lives of LGBT people in Belfast and is about LGBT messages and expressing support for LGBT people – please respect this.
The Route: Leaving from Custom House at 1.00pm sharp on to High Street > Bridge Street > Donegall Street > Royal Avenue > Donegall Place > Donegall Square East > Donegall Square South > Howard Street > Upper Queen Street > Queen Street > Castle Street > Castle Place > High Street > Custom House Square
The rules: All organised groups, organisations and businesses must apply and register individually so that we can ensure that the parade complies with the legislation, the Terms and Conditions and any additional advice from the PSNI and Belfast City Council. Individuals and groups of friends etc do not register andcan just join in. The parade is governed primarily by Parading legislation through the Parades Commission as well Belfast Pride’s Terms and Conditions. Each group or organisation should apply seperately, umbrella group applications can’t be accepted. Applications from multiple groups submitted as one application will be rejected. You will asked to study the Parade Terms and Conditions, sign on behalf of your group to say that you will comply and attend a mandatory training session.
Belfast Pride Parade has to comply with parading legislation under the Public Processions (NI) Act 1998 as interpreted by the Parades Commission, breaches of the Parades Commission’s Guidelines may be subject to further action. To read the Belfast Pride Parade Terms and Conditions Click Here
The Parades Commission’s Code of Conduct for Publc Processions and Related Protest Meetings aims to ensure that ‘those participating in public processions can do so legally and peacefully while at the same time minimising disruption, annoyance or offence to those who work or live on or near the routes along which they pass’. To read the Code of Conduct Click Here
Please note that Belfast City Council rules mean that participants on the Belfast Pride Parade cannot distribute flyers, business cards, balloons, flags, badges or any other promotional items – so remember not to include this in your plans. You can promote your group at our Pride Village event, see that page for details.
The fees: Belfast Pride is a charity that exists to deliver Belfast Pride Festival, we raise the full cost of the festival each year and pay fees and costs to deliver our free events. We have significant overheads to ensure that we have a safe parade and festival and we ask groups to help us contribute to these. The costs include professional mandatory Security staff, crowd safety costs, high visibility clothing for stewards and volunteers, fencing, cleansing and Insurance – all of which make the parade and surrounding events safe for crowds, participants and spectators. We also aim to use a proportion of the fees to improve the parade overall and make it an even better experience.
Belfast Pride is a community effort and everyone should play their part to make it the best it could be – part of this is making a reasonable contribution to what a major events costs these days. Belfast Pride tries to deliver a lot on a lot less funding than you would expect, so we ask you to play your part and contribute.
Belfast Pride Parade Application 2017
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