Dublin Pride

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Flyer advertising the 2008 Dublin Pride parade

The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival is an annual series of events which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) life in Dublin, Ireland. It is the largest LGBTQ pride festival in Ireland.[1] The festival culminates in a pride parade which is held in June.[2] The event has grown from a one-day event in 1974 to a ten-day festival celebrating LGBT culture in Ireland with an expanded arts, social and cultural content.[3]

The organisation, including the board of directors, is run by volunteers with some paid consultant help. The stated aim of Dublin Pride is to produce a professional pride festival and an annual Pride Day; comprising the parade through Dublin city center, a politically based rally and free entertainment all working for the improvement of LGBTQ communities.

1983 parade[edit]

In March 1983, prior to the first pride parade, a march was held from the city centre of Dublin to Fairview Park in the suburb of Fairview, Dublin, protesting the levels of violence against gay men and women in Ireland. In particular, the march was a reaction to the controversial judgement in the Flynn case, when suspended sentences on charges of manslaughter were given to members of a gang found guilty of the 1982 killing of Declan Flynn, a 31-year-old gay man, in Fairview Park, and the subsequent celebrations by some members of the local community following their release.[3][4][5]

The first pride parade was held in June 1983. The parade was organised by the National Lesbian and Gay Federation, and followed a route through the city centre of Dublin, from St Stephen's Green to the GPO on O'Connell Street.[3]

Pride themes and parade Grand marshalls[edit]

2013 Dublin Pride

2008: "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride"[edit]

Grand Marshal – Tonie Walsh

Using the slogan "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride", the 2008 theme highlighted the lack of legal recognition under Irish law of any partnership rights for same-sex couples. The festival was launched by then Irish Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley, TD.[6] Gormley recognised that the proposed partnership legislation was "not the full equality we are seeking, but it is a step towards full equality," and "of real practical value in itself and will make a real difference to the daily lives of many people in committed relationships".[7] Performers at the post-rally gathering included Brian Kennedy, Maria McKee and Tara Blaise.[8]

2009: "Pride and Prejudice?"[edit]

The 2009 festival was held 19–28 June.[9] The theme for 2009 was "Pride and Prejudice?" which celebrated pride in the LGBT communities while questioning the community and society in general on attitudes and prejudices. The festival aimed to celebrate diversity and challenge peoples' perceptions of it. This year introduced Dublin Pride's new Arts and Cultural committee to the festival. Turnout figures were estimated at a record 12,500. Performers at the traditional post-parade show at the Civic Offices, hosted by Panti, included, among others, Black Daisy (Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest 2009 entrant), Michele Ann Kelly, Laura Steele, the Kylie Experience, and Katherine Lynch Senator David Norris was Grand Marshal.

2010: "We Are Family Too"[edit]

More than 22,000 people marched through Dublin on 26 June 2010.[10] Doctor Lydia Foy was grand marshal.[10] Performers at the Part in the Park at the Civic Offices included DJ Jules in a Lady Gaga tribute act and Niamh Kavanagh, winner of Eurovision Song Contest 1993 who represented Ireland in the Contest again this year. Over 100,000 people participated in the 2010 ten-day Pride festival.

2011: "It's a Human Thing"[edit]

With a Garda estimate at over 22,000, more people marched through Dublin on 25 June 2011 than ever before. Michael Barron of BelongTo Youth services was Grand Marshal. Performers at the event in the Civic Offices included Crystal Swing and Niamh Kavanagh, winner of Eurovision Song Contest 1993 returning to perform for a 2nd year in a row. This year seen the introduction of a new event, a Dog Show which was produced as part of the family fun day.

2012: "Show your True Colours"[edit]

Grand Marshal – Panti Bliss

The 2012 festival ran from 22 June until 1 July 2012 with the Parade running on Saturday 30 June. That year saw the festival move from Dublin City Council's Civic Offices on Wood Quay to Merrion Square using 3 of the 4 roads around the park and family areas available to use inside the park. It also involved the parade route moving from its traditional route along Dame Street to further south in the city, along Baggot Street to the final destination Event at Merrion Square. The new venue has capacity for up to 15,000 people and space for vendors to sell food and beverages to the public. was Grand Marshal

2013: "Live, Love, be Proud"[edit]

Grand Marshal – Anna Grodzka

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival
  3. ^ a b c John Burke (6 August 2008). "Out at last!". Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gay rights campaign breaches many barriers, but battle is far from over". Irish Examiner. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Declan Cashin (21 June 2008). "Queer times". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Press release from Marriage Equality
  7. ^ "Gormley hints at Coalition strain on same-sex legislation". The Irish Times. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gay pride on Dublin's streets". The Irish Times. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ a b Thousands take part in Dublin Pride Parade. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 26 June 2010.

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