Pride Parade Passes Peacefully

The Parade in Belfast yesterday was one like no other seen in Northern Ireland for the rest of the year. Rainbow balloons, boats, jazz bands, disco dancing and Spiderman on a quad bike – It was Belfast Gay Pride 2005.

While many rainbow feet followed the extensive route, protesters from the ‘Stop the Parade Coalition’ stood at City Hall. This year, another Christian group – ‘Zero28’ expressed it’s wish for the anti- Pride groups to cancel their protest.

Organisers and Police were pleased that the parade had passed off without incident, but protesters say they will be making an official complaint to the Parade’s Commission, claiming marcher’s shouted abuse at them.

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