Organisers mentioned the Delight parade was the most important one ever held in Belfast, with the variety of teams collaborating within the vibrant procession up considerably on the final staging in 2019.
The theme for the occasion was “neighborhood united in variety” and a bunch of asylum seekers and refugees who’ve made Belfast their residence had been invited to steer the noisy march on its route by town centre.
The parade was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Three years in the past, 135 teams registered to participate within the parade.
This 12 months organisers needed to shut the applying window early after 200 group registrations had been obtained.
There was a carnival ambiance within the metropolis centre because the rain stayed away till the tip of the parade.
Ulster Rugby additionally took half this 12 months, with fly half Ian Madigan amongst these parading by town. Gamers from the Belfast Azlans, a predominantly homosexual rugby membership, additionally joined the parade.
The GAA was additionally nicely represented, with Ulster GAA collaborating together with a number of golf equipment, together with East Belfast GAA.
Co-chairman of the Belfast Delight Pageant Cara McCann mentioned pent-up pleasure was an element within the massive numbers collaborating within the parade’s return.
“Individuals are fed up sitting at residence the final couple of years and I feel that’s why we have now elevated numbers at present,” she mentioned.
“But additionally I feel Delight has elevated typically and folks simply wish to participate in it.”
Ms McCann mentioned it was exceptional how a lot the occasion had grown throughout three many years.
“I feel the primary transient dander was over 30 years in the past with lower than 100 folks in that small stroll and at these instances it was a very nerve-wracking factor to do, and it was very, very courageous for the individuals who went earlier than us for that first ever Delight.
“It has grown globally however it has grown domestically as nicely to an enormous dimension.”
A ban on similar intercourse marriage was lifted in Northern Eire in the beginning of 2020, simply earlier than the pandemic hit, so Saturday’s Delight parade was the primary within the metropolis since that historic legislation change.
Fellow pageant co-chairman John O’Doherty mentioned the occasion had supplied a belated likelihood to have fun.
“We’re actually excited to have the chance to have fun the introduction of equal marriage, one thing we haven’t been in a position to do during the last three years,” he mentioned.
“So there’s a lot to have fun at present.
“However there’s additionally a number of campaigning we nonetheless must do to make sure that we have now full equality for our neighborhood.”
A small group of spiritual protesters demonstrated towards the Delight occasion outdoors Belfast Metropolis Corridor because the parade handed by.