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Derry, Northern Ireland Holds First Gay Pride Parade

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Northern Ireland's northwest region held its first Gay Pride festival and parade over the weekend, in Derry.

The Derry Journal reports:

"With reports of up to 5,000 people attending the parade, [David McCartney from the Rainbow Project] added: 'I'm no good at judging how many people were there, but the Guildhall Square was packed with people. The reception as the parade came up Ferryquay Street and turned into Shipquay Street towards the Guildhall Square was just phenomenal. We couldn't believe it.  What they have done is extraordinary. I myself winced at the idea of ever having a Pride march in Derry, but this wasn't just a march - it was genuinely a parade. The members of the LGBT community were all understandably nervous in advance, worried that the parade might receive little support, but they needn't have been nervous. So many people came out to support us - cheering everyone on, waving flags, applauding - it was just fantastic.'"

Slideshow here.

Said McCartney of the small number of protesters: "I have to say, apart from the 20 or so miserable people hanging around Duke Street, looking thoroughly unhappy, the day was filled with smiles and colours and happiness, with no negativity from anyone. Some people just can't bear the thought of people enjoying themselves."

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  1. I would have loved to have seen all this in person...the pics are great though...some good news for a change from Northern Ireland.

    Posted by: Rocco | Aug 31, 2010 11:45:02 AM


  2. The people in that picture look like they are are smelling that fresh Derry air!

    Posted by: Try the veal | Aug 31, 2010 11:55:04 AM


  3. This is fantastic news and Derry can be proud. It's both a macho town and a welcoming one and this helps tilt it in the right direction. Fair play to them all and many more successful marches to come.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Aug 31, 2010 12:57:11 PM


  4. Please. I've zero doubt many of those Irish (er,...British, er,European,...er, *sigh*... whatever) celebrating their first gay pride also get off ridiculing the U.S. and Americans for being backward, bigoted, racist, etc.,

    2010....1st gay pride...*sigh*

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 31, 2010 5:59:27 PM


  5. It's very sweet and moving for me to see, my mother is from there. It's a place that's had its dark days and strife, so great to see some happiness and equality. Love to you, Derry.

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 31, 2010 8:33:58 PM


  6. I wonder if this means that the Irish stateside will start letting the Irish "fags" march in the Irish parade?

    Posted by: PupDog | Sep 1, 2010 11:09:37 AM


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