The Rainbow Project’s staff, volunteers, friends and allies took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday 31st July 2010 for this year’s Pride Parade which was the culmination of a week-long series of events celebrating gender and sexual diversity in the City.
An estimated 7,000 people took part with 10,000 lining the streets to clap and cheer on the parade which featured colourful floats, costumes, dancers, and people from Northern Ireland and further afield.
As the parade made its way back to Custom House Square for the annual Pride Party in the Square, staff and volunteers distributed leaflets, safer sex packs, and promoted the many services provided by the organisation.
For the very first time at Party in the Square, The Rainbow Project provided a sexual health testing clinic staffed by Doctors from the Royal Victoria Hospital’s GUM Clinic. We also had a community stall promoting the LGBT Advocacy Services for those affected by homophobic/transphobic hate crime, experiencing problems with housing, or needing general advocacy support.
Vince Creelan, Chairperson of The Rainbow Project paid tribute to staff and volunteers for their “dedication, hard work and enthusiasm” shown over Pride Week.
The Rainbow Project would like to say a huge “thank you” for our team of volunteers who have tirelessly given up their time to represent our organisation in the run-up to Pride and who attended various events held throughout Pride Week, not to mention volunteering for over 7 hours on the Parade day itself.
Some photos from the Parade…..
Photographs by Patrick Griffin. More available at PG Travel Tips.