Tens of thousands of people took part in the annual Pride parade in Dublin city centre today.

This year's theme was 'Rebel Rebel' honouring the historic events of 1916 and a tribute to David Bowie.

The parade was led by Max Krzyzanowski of LGBT Noise, which started at 1pm from the Garden of Remembrance and continued to the 'Pride Village' at Merrion Square.

A number of road closures were put in place throughout the city.

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said the largest number of companies ever participated in this year's event.

Director of Workplace Equality at GLE, Davin Roche said it would show "LGBT people can be themselves in their workplace and that diversity is really valued".

Research published earlier this year found that half of LGBT employees across all employers generally in Ireland described their workplace as being LGBT inclusive. 

However, one in four described their company as being a difficult place to work for LGBT people and one in five straight people surveyed said they would feel uncomfortable working with an LGBT colleague.

Mr Roche said that companies coming to the parade today should "send out a very important message to companies, their employees and hundreds of thousands of potential customers who will be enjoying this year's parade, that their organisation celebrates and values everyone".