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What's the craic? Dublin Gay Pride – offically known as Dublin LGBTQ Pride – is a true gem in Ireland’s LGBTQ calendar. Over the years Dublin Gay Pride has grown from a one-day parade into a full-on, ten-day extravaganza of social and cultural queer events. The calendar is packed tighter than Tom Daley’s diving shorts: there’s something for everyone!
The celebrations of Dublin Gay Pride culminate to the official Pride Parade. Dublin Pride began as a small LGBTQ celebration in 1983, and since then it has continued to grow to epic proportions. Dublin Pride is so momentous it is considered one of Europe's biggest LGBTQ people parades. It comes as no surprise then that Dublin Pride is the second biggest festival in Ireland after St. Patrick's Day.
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Dublin Pride, coming soon. The theme for Dublin Gay Pride 2019 will be 50 years since Stonewall. As per usual, Dublin Gay Pride will run a full calendar of social and cultural events including workshops, art events, parties, a LGBTQ Pride run, queer history walking tours, drag contests, and plenty more. Recognizing the theme of 2019, these events will aim to unite different facets of the community and promote a cohesive message of love and respect.
All the fun culminates to the official Dublin Gay Pride Parade which colors the city streets with plenty of rainbow and fun. This year's parade will take place on Saturday, June 29 - the last day of the event. Participants should gather at St. Stephen’s Green from 11am where there will be music and various speeches. The parade begins at 2pm sharp, marching to Smithfield through the city streets. Following an estimated participation of 60,000 people for Dublin Pride 2018, we're sure this year will be just as big.
Following the Dublin Gay Pride Parade, you can look forward to a series of different celebrations taking place in local gay bars and clubs. The George is a firm favorite for the gay community in Dublin, and offers two floors' worth of entertainment to keep you dancing well into the night. Happy Pride!