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What's the craic? Gay Pride Dublin – 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!
Despite Ireland being quite a religious country, particularly in the past, Dublin has continued to have an identified LGBTQ community, who has fought relentlessly for all the rights local gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and queer people can enjoy in the country today. Following the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the LGBTQ movement in Dublin began to gain traction during the early 70s, with Gay Pride often being represented each year in the form of a picnic in Merrion Square. A little later in 1974, the city's very first low-scale march took place, uniting 10 people who rallied from the Department of Justice on Stephen’s Green to the British Embassy in protest of the existing criminalization of homosexuality.
History was made, however, in March 1983, when Dublin celebrated its very fist LGBTQ Protest March. Organized in response to the release of several people who murdered a gay man, Declan Flynn, roughly 900 rallied on the city streets, marching from Liberty Hall to Fairview Park. Later the same year, in June, Dublin welcomed the inaugural Dublin Pride Parade, which traveled from St. Stephan's Green to the General Post Office on O'Connell Street.
Since its relatively humble beginnings in the 1980s, Dublin Pride has evolved into a momentous event, and is in fact considered one of the biggest LGBTQ people parades in Europe. It comes as no surprise then that Dublin Pride is the second biggest festival in Ireland after St. Patrick's Day. For almost two weeks in June, the city comes alive with a host of pride-related events, including a Pride Run, an after-parade Block Party, and of course the incredible Pride Party. So what are you waiting for? Gay Pride Dublin is the craic, so we'll see you in the Emerald Isle this June.
Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, London Pride has been postponed until September.
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the program for Gay Pride Dublin 2020, 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!