David Ford said: “Belfast Pride is an exciting event and I want to wish everyone who is taking part well.
“Belfast Pride and groups associated with the event help greatly in tackling prejudice and this is essential to help build the genuinely shared society that Northern Ireland needs and deserves.
“I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate the organisers on their work. Belfast Pride plays an important role in promoting respect and ensuring that diversity is celebrated.”
Alliance Youth Representative Aaron McIntyre said: “Alliance Youth will be attending the event and we believe it is an important occasion. It is vitally important that there is equality and fairness, and Belfast Pride plays such a key role in promoting equality.”