Recovering from Disability Pride

A bright sunny Saturday in Belfast is worth celebrating in itself; a bright sunny day for Disability Pride was well nigh remarkable. Hundreds of people turned up, joining together to party.

Disability Pride parade and fun day in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/

Led by a brass band, we paraded through the city centre, singing, waving and cheering. There were minions, princesses and other animated characters. In the grounds of City Hall, there were food stalls, information tents, a concert and much grinning. A woman, unconnected with the event, approached me to tell me she’d been at many goings on at City Hall, but she’d never before seen anything where everybody was smiling.


People came for the parade, and stayed to party in the sun with the fabulous drama group, the wheelchair dancers, the comedian and the ska band.

Many, many congratulations and thanks to the organisers for their vision, commitment and hard work in making the day possible. It was fun, exciting and empowering. Roll on 2015!