Festival season is now in full swing and one of the most enjoyable celebrations of the summer, Dublin Pride, kicks off later this week.
Pride, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community along with the values of inclusivity and equality, takes place in Dublin from 20th to 30th June.
The streets of the capital city will be awash with rainbow flags, colourful outfits and sparkly sequins during the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Parade on Saturday 29th June.
The parade assembles at 1pm on O’Connell Street and Parnell Square. More than 7,000 people from 150 different groups are expected to take part with floats, marching bands and lots of noise leading out the parade.
For the first time in its history, the GAA will be officially represented at Pride and will walk in the parade. Another first for Dublin Pride this year will be uniformed gardai marching in the parade.
From O’Connell Street, the parade turns onto Eden Quay and past Liberty Hall, where the first large scale march for LGBTQ+ rights in Ireland started in 1983. The parade crosses through the city before ending with a free outdoor event in Merrion Square that will run until 6pm.
There are tons of other Pride events taking place in Dublin during the festival. They include Dublin Pride Run on 21st June (a 5K run through the Phoenix Park), A Queer History of Kilmainham Jail at 10am on 22nd June and EPIC LGBTQ+ Tours (highlighting non-binary stories) at EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, on 20th, 22nd and 23rd June. For more info, visit www.dublinpride.ie.
And make a date in your diary for other Pride festivities taking place later this summer:
- Limerick – 5th to 14th July
- Belfast – 26th July to 4th August
- Cork – 27th July to 4th August
- Galway – 12th to 18th August