Everything You Need To Know About Belfast Pride 2022

Belfast is gearing up for its biggest Pride celebration yet. Tomorrow’s parade will be the first since 2019.

2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Belfast Pride. 

If you’re planning on heading into the city centre tomorrow to watch the parade or get involved with the celebrations here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening and where around the city:

Pre-Parade Events

Start the celebrations early with one of the many events running before the parade itself. 

Friday July 29

Air Punch Pride Special

Oh Yeah Music Centre, 9.30pm – 1am, Tonight 

Begin to build the excitement the night before the Pride Parade and come along to Oh Yeah, where they will be holding a Pride Special of Air Punch. Enjoy a night full of power ballads to really get you in the mood for Pride the next day. 

Tickets are £6, £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Cara-Friend and the Rainbow Project.

For more information go to >>  ​​https://www.ohyeahbelfast.com/whats-on/air-punch-pride-special

Saturday, July 30

Official Pride Breakfast

The Northern Whig, all morning

Start your day off with a hearty breakfast at the Northern Whig, where they are once more hosting the official pride breakfast. A full cooked breakfast or healthy handmade granola are on the menu, with £1.50 from every breakfast donated to Belfast pride. 

For more information go to >> http://www.thenorthernwhig.com 

Rainbow Ready at the MAC

The MAC, 10am – 1pm

Get the kids ready for the Pride celebrations by bringing them along to Rainbow Ready at the MAC, organised in partnership with Young at Art and Here NI, where there will be rainbow face painting and streamer-making.

For more information go to >> https://themaclive.com 

Cara-Friend & Queertopia Big Pride Breakfast

Black Box, 10am – 12pm

Cara-Friend & Queertopia are also holding a Big Pride Breakfast, open to all Cara-Friend and Queertopia service users and volunteers, from 10am – 12pm.

Held at the Black Box on Hill Street, the event will serve as somewhere to get ready, have breakfast, and meet your friends before the parade begins. 

For more information go to >> https://cara-friend.org.uk 

30th Anniversary Belfast Pride Parade 

Where And When?

The Belfast Pride Parade will set off at 1pm sharp on Saturday 30 July from Custom House Square. 

Join in with the party atmosphere from 11.30am as the pre-parade build-up begins at Belfast Pride’s Party in the Square. 

Theme

The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Community – United in Diversity’, and it is set to be a celebration of the diverse array of identities, cultures and people that makes up Belfast’s queer community. 

Route

This year’s parade begins at Custom House Square, and will then progress down Queen’s Street before turning onto Bridge Street. From there, it will then follow Donegall Street and will progress down Royal Avenue and Chichester Street, before finishing at Victoria Street. 

Both Kremlin and Libertine are welcoming anyone that wants to march with them. Meet with Kremlin at the Big Fish, or meet Libertine at Custom House Square before the parade begins.

For more information visit >> https://www.facebook.com/Kremlin.Belfast or https://www.libertinebelfast.com/prideday 

A detailed map of the full parade route can be found on Belfast Pride’s Twitter, at https://twitter.com/belfastpride (@belfastpride). 

What’s On After The Parade?

The party doesn’t have to stop after the parade finishes. There’s an array of afterparties to choose from, in various venues throughout the city centre, from drag acts to DJ sets and club nights. 

The celebrations continue on into Sunday, where there are many more events to be enjoyed. 

Here are some events set to take place after the 2022 Pride Parade: 

Saturday, July 30

Belfast Pride Village

Donegall Quay, from 12pm

A family-friendly event, filled to the brim with Pride festivities. There’s plenty to do in the Pride Village, with a Pride-themed market, coffee stands, entertainment and a bouncy castle, as well as the opportunity to find out more about support services (and even grab some freebies!). 

Starting from 12 and continuing after the parade, you can find the Pride Village beside the Big Fish. 

For more information go to >> https://belfastpride.com/village 

Belfast Pride’s Party in the Square

Custom House Square, 12pm – 6pm

The Party in the Square is the place to be this Pride. Starting with a welcome from the Mayor, the party begins before the parade commences and is set to continue in full swing after the parade finishes. 

The Main Stage is set to feature a host of incredible LGBT+ entertainers, the event promises an accessible, inclusive Pride atmosphere.

For more information go to >>  https://belfastpride.com/guide 

Rainbow Quarter Pride Street Party

Union Street, 3pm – 11pm

Nadine Coyle is headlining this exciting Pride street party, which will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter Dean McCullough. Entry to the event is free and open to everyone. 

For more information go to >>  https://belfastpride.com/guide 

Pride Party 2022

The National, 1pm onwards 

Get ready for a full evening of entertainment, starting with live music in the beer garden and tent and DJs in the inside bar from 1 pm til late. The top floor and cub is open from 9 pm.

For more information go to >> https://www.thenationalbelfast.com/whats-on 

Maverick’s Pride Party 

Maverick, Union St, from Midday

Head down to Maverick’s free Pride Party, from midday onwards and celebrate with Lady Portia Di’ Monte and guests. 

For more information go to >> https://www.instagram.com/themaverickbelfast 

Revolution

Kremlin, Donegall St, from 6pm

Join in with Belfast’s biggest club night for a special Pride celebration.

For more information go to >> https://www.instagram.com/kremlinbelfast 

Libertine Pride 2022

Libertine, 1pm – 3am

A full day of pride celebrations awaits those attending Libertine’s Pride party. 

March with Libertine at the Pride Parade before going on to enjoy hours of entertainment, from DJs to drag acts and live music. 

For more information go to >> https://www.libertinebelfast.com/prideday 

Pride Sesh

Dirty Onion, Hill Street, 1pm – late

The Dirty Onion has a full day of live music planned for Pride Day. The lineup includes Luke O’Loan, Courtney Louise, Nathan O’Regan and Koos Koos.

For more information go to >> https://www.facebook.com/thedirtyonion 

Official Belfast Pride After Party 2022

Taboo, Telegraph Building, 9.30pm – late

Taboo returns again this year, following the sell-out success of the 2019 Pride night party. With Judas DJs in Room One and Harland & Poof in Room Two, the night promises to be a non-stop party. 

Tickets start from £17 each and are available at www.taboopresents.com

Sunday, July 31

Pride Brunch

Union Street Bar, 5pm

Treat yourself to a brunch with Barbara Bryceland and Cabargay.

For more information go to >> https://www.facebook.com/UnionStreetBelfast 

Maverick’s Pride Sunday

The Maverick, 1pm – late, 31 July

Finish off your Pride weekend with a bang by attending The Maverick’s Pride Sunday, featuring Rusty Hinger, Onya Becks and Tiffany Von Tussle. Entry is free. 

For more information go to >> https://www.instagram.com/themaverickbelfast 

Not Another Disney Drag Show

Libertine, 9pm, 31 July

A Disney-themed drag show, featuring Onya Becks, Elle Vosque, The Only Sassie, Oh’Neilly and Becca Boots.

For more information go to >> https://www.libertinebelfast.com/nads 

For more information about Belfast Pride 2022 go to https://belfastpride.com/parade 

To view the full schedule of events taking place at Pride this Saturday, check out the Official Pride Festival Guide 2022 at https://belfastpride.com/guide