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Thousands have gathered in Dublin city for the first Pride Parade since the same-sex marriage referendum - and organisers are calling it the biggest ever.

The event is the centrepiece of the ten-day Pride festival in the city.

The parade started at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square at 1.30pm sharp, and will finish up at Merrion Square, where a Pride Village has been open since midday. A carnival will continue there through the evening.

Chair of Dublin LGBTQ Pride Jason Flynn is feeling extremely proud:

The Merrion Square event will feature speeches from the likes of the Grand Marshal of the Parade Brian Sheehan, Pride Chairperson Jason Flynn, and Panti.

These people spoke to Newstalk reporter Róisín Treacy about their favourite part of Pride:

Flynn says this year's parade will be more of a celebration than a protest following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum. However he adds that there is still plenty to fight for:

Meanwhile the White House has been lit up in rainbow colours through the night to celebrate the ruling to legalise same-sex marriage in the US.

The Supreme Court's order will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them.

The vote was passed by a majority of five-to-four.

The court says individual states cannot ban same-sex couples from getting married, and says the Constitution requires states to marry two people of the same sex.

It also says each individual state must recognise the marriages offered by other states - meaning gay couples who have already married in one state now have national recognition for that marriage.

President Obama says the court ruling has "made the union a little more perfect" - despite differences:


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