What a fantastic line up!

From our last two posts, you should be well and truly versed in what to expect from the carnival parade and activities, so now it’s time to share our on-stage entertainment line up!

We’re thrilled that our host for the day is DJ Pete Snodden, who is always sure to warm up a crowd and get everyone excited for the rest of the festivities in store! He’ll play an important role making sure you know who’s who, whether it’s groups arriving from the parade or those speaking or performing on the stage.

We’ll hear briefly from a few special speakers –

  • Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE
  • Director of Mencap in Northern Ireland, Margaret Kelly
  • Carrickfergus Senior Gateway Leader, Thomas Haighton

All of these lovely folk will be sure to make you feel very welcome, and help you understand what is so important about Learning Disability Pride and why it is happening!


Some of the members at Carrickfergus Senior Gateway have spent lots of their time at the club preparing a new and exclusive drama sketch to share at Learning Disability Pride. It has been developed to highlight the importance of including people with learning disabilities in friendships and the community. We can’t wait for our sneak preview next week at the final rehearsals!

Two fantastic local groups, The Jordan Academy Irish Dancers and Studio 86 Cheerleaders will be taking to the stage in the afternoon to provide performances that are sure to delight and inspire all who are attending. With upbeat music, bright colours and plenty of beautiful smiles, you can’t help but tap your feet to the beat and get into the groove!

Whether it’s rock or pop you love, you’ll be sure to be singing along to the tunes played by the brilliant, live, 5-piece band…This Way UP! We’ve heard them perform at many events and functions so we know you’re in for a treat – a real crowd pleaser who we’re delighted to have performing for us at Learning Disability Pride!

Last, but certainly not least, is the delightful DJ Joe Hoey, a local Carrickfergus man with a learning disability who recently hit the headlines of the Belfast Telegraph when promoting our wonderful event! Just incase anyone isn’t already dancing and singing the afternoon away, Joe will be sure to get you up on your feet as he plays a variety of classic hits ranging from country to dance music, all very much in the spirit of celebration!


By now I am sure you will all agree that Learning Disability Pride is a day not to be missed! With just 8 days to go, the final countdown has well and truly started!

Don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll give you some more practical information on getting to the event, road closures, parking information and everything else to make sure you can kick back, relax, and enjoy this amazing day celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion!

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