The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival is Ireland’s biggest Pride event, welcoming thousands of visitors to join in parties, cultural events and a huge parade. Dublin’s very first Pride was held in 1983 in response to the lenient sentence handed out to the perpetrators of a homophobic murder in the city. Since the ‘80s, Pride has continued on its political path, each year adopting a theme based on the need for equality in various areas of life. As well as the important political message, Pride offers up a packed programme of social events, making the festival one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Irish LGBTQ calendar. The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the Pride Parade which ends up with a huge party at the city’s Merrion Square. Previous performers at the party have included Maria McKee, Brian Kennedy and the Kylie Experience.
Dublin Pride takes place at the end of June 2017 with the parade usually rounding off the festivities on the last Saturday of June. Although after-parties and specific cultural events may charge and require tickets, the public parade is a free event, whether you’re marching yourself or simply attending to spectate. You can find out more details about the parade route at the official website. If you’re planning to attend Dublin Pride, fly into Dublin Airport. To get to the city, use one of the handy airport shuttle buses, such as Aircoach, Airlink or Airport Hopper.
If you’re planning on going to Dublin Pride, check out the official website before you go so that you know that the Pride theme is in advance. Last year’s theme was ‘Rebel Rebel’ in a tribute to music and culture icon David Bowie who passed away in January 2016. Previous themes have included ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ which highlighted Irish law’s lack of recognition of partnership rights for same-sex couples.
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There are plenty of things to see and do in the Irish capital so make sure you leave enough time to have a good look around. Check out Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and take a walk along the gorgeous Cliffs of Moher.
To find out more information about this exciting LGBTQ event, please head to the official festival website where you’ll be able to check out the 2017 programme of activities, see a map of the parade route and find out who will be performing at the Dublin Pride after-party.
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