June is pride month. It is the month when the LGBTQ+ community comes together to celebrate their diversity and how far the community has come. All over the world, pride parades take place to showcase the close community and increase the visibility of those LGBTQ+ people. Here in Ireland there are so many different events taking place that you’ll want to make sure you are in attendance to celebrate pride.
Here on Escort Ireland we love to celebrate pride, so we have put together the essential information you need about local pride events. That way you know where to go, when to turn up, and what it will be like to celebrate pride the Irish way!
In Dublin, pride gets an entire week, and this year it runs from the 16th of June to the 24th of June. However, the big event takes place on the 24th, which is when the parade day is. Those participating in the parade will begin to gather at 11am, and the parade begins at 2pm.
It starts at Stephen’s Green, with a pre-parade rally taking place here from 12pm to get you into the swing of things. The parade will take you all the way through the centre of the city, across the river to Smithfield Square, where the main stage and the pride village await!
Dublin pride has been taking place annually since 1983, and has become well known for its incredible carnival atmosphere, as well as the stunning pageantry of the event. In fact, Lazeeva recently rated Dublin as the 14th most LGBTQ+ friendly city in the world, so if you were hoping to take part in pride, this is the place to start!
There have been different events taking place in Dublin in the lead up to the parade for the last week, and there are even more on this weekend! Looking for things to do? The Dublin Pride website tells you all about the ways you can get involved and celebrate. However, the place to be is The George, which has events on throughout the week for you to enjoy!
If you find yourself on Limerick between the 10th and 16th of July, then you’ll find the streets filled with rainbow flag and cheer. It is Limerick pride! Limerick pride has been going since 2001, and they started quite humbly in just a few nightclubs. Since then the event has grown.
The pride parade first began in 2007, attracting more and more people to the beautiful city of Limerick. It is a fantastic event, bringing in people from all around the country, and is the highlight of the celebrations for many.
The Limerick LGBTQ Parade will take place on the Saturday the 15th July, and begins at City Hall. The parade route loops back to City Hall, taking you along O’Connell Street and Lower Mallow Street before you move by Arthurs Quay Park.
As with many pride festivals, there are a number of different locations you can visit to enjoy what is happening and take part. You can find more information on these events on the Limerick Pride website. After the parade, you’ll definitely want to visit the Hunt Museum, which showcases a great deal of LGBTQ culture and shows just how far Limerick has come.
Want to spend a little time in Cork enjoying the festivities there? Head to the city between the 30th of July and the 6th August to take part. Each year, the festival in Cork has a theme, and the theme for this year is ‘Shine’. So you can celebrate what that word means to you.
If you want to enjoy the parade, that takes place on the 6th August, which is a fantastic way to finish off the weekend. There are also a number of other events which will be announced closer to the time, and you can find out more about the events by visiting the Cork Pride website. There is even a countdown to pride so you know how long you have to wait!
Those in Northern Ireland may have been feeling left out, but don’t worry, you don’t have to travel the country to celebrate pride. Belfast Pride Festival takes place from the 28th July to the 6th August.
According to their website, Belfast Pride is “Ireland’s biggest LGBT festival with audiences of up to 50,000 people each summer”, so if you were hoping to get stuck in with the crowds then this is definitely the event for you!
There are events you can read about on the Belfast Pride Festival website, but the highlight, like many pride festivals, is the parade. The parade takes place on the 5th of August, and you’ll find that the crowds are incredible. The very first Belfast Pride took place in 1991, with just 100 people marching, and so taking in the scenes this year will remind you of just how far we have come.
How will you celebrate pride?
No matter your sexual orientation or gender, you will find that Ireland has the perfect place for you to celebrate your pride. For those who have never attended a pride festival, you’ll find that the LGBTQ+ community is one of the most welcoming in the world, and you will feel totally at ease during pride surrounded by these incredible people.
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