Belfast Pride is the biggest event of the year for LGBT+ people of Belfast and we were last on the streets in 2019 but we’re finally back for 2022 and we hope to have the biggest parade since we were founded back in 1991.
Here is everything you need to know about taking part in the parade as a community group, organisation, union, political group or business group.
In 2019, we had over 60,000 people attend and this year we hope to break that record to celebrate our 30th Pride parade – we get to celebrate the anniversary we had to miss! We want to bring our community and our city together again to celebrate LGBT+ lives and continue to protest for full equality.
When: Saturday, July 30th at 1.00 pm with the parade build-up starting from 11.30 am.
The Festival: Belfast Pride Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast and runs over 150 events across 10 days. The festival runs from Friday 22nd July to Sunday, July 31st with Pride Day and the centrepiece Pride Parade on Saturday 30th July.
The Parade: The Belfast Pride Parade is the main event in the LGBT+ calendar, a major city event and the biggest cross community parade in Belfast. 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 beyond.
The Route: The parade leaves at 1.00 pm sharp. The route for Belfast Pride Parade 2022 is under review – we introduced a new route in 2019 and outgrew this immediately. We aim to find the best way to fit everyone in, keep everyone safe and still get maximum visibility for the community.
The rules: Anyone who takes part in a parade is subject to the Parades Commission’s Code of Conduct which is laid down in the Public Processions (NI) Act 1998. These are legally enforceable Guidelines and breaches can lead to prosecution.
This type of law and its application to Pride parades is unique to Northern Ireland and it is a legacy of the Peace Process and governs parades and marches of any type or size. We think that this makes us the most legally regulated Pride parade in Western Europe but this law applies to everyone in the parade, all parades and we have no choice but to follow this.
Parades Commission’s Code of Conduct for Public Processions and Related Protest Meetings: This explains the official guidance on conduct during parades and 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’. Please read the Parades Commission Code of Conduct and the Appendices on behaviour during parades, click below to open:
Who should apply: 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 on crowd safety and management. Individuals and groups of friends etc. do not register and can simply join in but the law applies to everyone taking part – the actions of even one person could affect future Pride parades for everyone.
Each group or organisation or any group with separate branding should apply separately, umbrella group applications or bloc applications cannot be accepted for safety and security reasons, each incidence of branding needs an application and may be liable for a fee. You will ask to study the Parade Terms and Conditions, and sign on behalf of your group to say that you will comply and attend a mandatory training session.
Promotional materials: Belfast City Council rules on litter mean that participants in 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.
Terms and Conditions: Our Terms and Conditions have been comprehensively updated for 2022. Before your application can be confirmed you will need to circulate and explain the Term and Conditions to your group along with the Parades Commission Code of Conduct then sign and return the Terms and Conditions to be able to take part. Click below to read:
The fees: Belfast Pride is a charitable organisation that exists to deliver the Belfast Pride Festival, we raise the full cost of the festival each year and pay a lot of fees and costs to deliver our free events on behalf of the LGBT+ community. We charge parade fees to cover what is often hidden overheads such as insurance, security, crowd safety management, fencing, cleaning, toilets, marquees and much more. We want to ensure that we have a safe parade and festival, and we think it is reasonable to ask groups to help us by contributing to the cost of this.
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 major, public events cost 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 help towards these costs.
COVID-19 Safeguarding: Everyone is tired of COVID but it’s still something we need to be aware of, especially considering the sheer size and density of the parade.
While we are moving out of COVID and we’re not out of it yet, we need to mitigate any risks to the parade, the public and the city. We will be asking that everyone where possible, wears a face covering and uses hand sanitiser.
We ask that anyone showing any COVID symptoms does not attend and that anyone planning to take part follows any other measures recommended by the Public Health Agency and relevant health bodies.
We regret to inform you that Belfast Pride have taken the decision to close Parade Applications for this year’s festival.
Decisions on individual applications that have not been submitted will be made by our festival committee to ensure that, in particular, LGBTQ+ community groups are registered for the parade. Please get in touch via the contact us form above if you are still to register.
We will also be requesting that those registered for the parade limit the number of marchers in their individual blocks.
We would like to thank all those who have supported and sought to be involved in Belfast Pride 2022 and our return to our in person festival.
Further consideration on ways to ensure full participation in Pride will be considered and consulted on after this year’s Festival.