Organisers estimated more than 30,000 people attended the event, up from 26,000 last year.
For the first time the parade was headed by representatives of national and international police forces.
It ran from the Garden of Remembrance, through O’ Connell Street, past Trinity College and the House of the Oireachteas and finished up in Merrion Square, where, headed by Brian Kennedy, more than four hours of revelry took place.
Also for the first time in the parade’s 29-year history, there were representatives from every political party, including Sinn F?in, Fine Gael and Labour.
In related news Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Gilmore said he believed in gay marriage and called this issue a civil right. Belfast Telegraph? reports:
The time has come for gay marriage, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has declared. As the Pride festival ended, the Labour leader said government, state and policy makers should no longer dictate who people fall in love with or who they decide to spend their lives with.
Mr Gilmore said that he believed that Irish law in the area is out of step with public opinion.
“I believe in gay marriage. The right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation, and, in my opinion, it’s time has come,” he said.
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