Happy Pride month, everyone! With summer comes one of the most festive months of the year but, more importantly, a time to recognise and celebrate all things LGBTQ+ in Ireland. From parades and brunches to art exhibitions and workshops, there are plenty of social and cultural opportunities to celebrate and support the community. While, of course, we are going to highlight some of the most anticipated food events, there is so much more to enjoy during this month of love, inclusion and fun! We’ve compiled the information we know so far about various Pride celebrations across Ireland, and we hope to see some of you celebrating with us.
Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride will be one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations across the capital. We’re looking forward to Drag Music Bingo on Friday 23rd June at the Centre Mall, and are buzzing for the Outhouse Pride Breakfast, which is taking place at the Outhouse LGBTQ resource center on 25th June and offers a continental brekkie to line the stomach before the big parade. We are also loving the Pride Disco Drag Brunch on the 25th at The Well on Stephen’s Green; this will be a daytime party with disco and house music, plus live performances by the wonderful Viola Gayvis, Naomi and Mimi Lane, plus loads of prizes — just make sure to nab your ticket (or group tickets) on eventbrite.
The annual Dublin Pride parade also kicks off on Saturday, 25th June, which starts at the GPO on O’Connell Street, and there’s no registration or fee to participate. After the parade, there’s the Mother Pride Block Party, which goes on both Saturday and Sunday. This takes place at the National Museum of Ireland, and features food, drinks, and tons of activities and entertainment. The party has partnerships with White Claw, Absolut, and Heineken, so there will be no shortage of drinks at hand! You can find the full list of events on the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride website.
The following weekend marks the start of July, but there are still more events to be had! Starting with the Mayo Pride festival in Westport from 1-3 July. There is a Sea Pride Swim and Sauna event that boasts swimming with Mr. Whippy sound system and food provided by Teach Scoile. From Saturday’s Pride Parade to Pride cruises on Clew Bay, cabaret shows and drag storytime, the rugged Mayo coastline will set the perfect stage for this weekend of festivities.
Next in order is Limerick Pride, which takes place from 4-10 July. On July 8th, there is Southill Pride Family event, which will have fun family activities, as well as a barbecue for all ages! On the 9th, the Pride Parade leaves from Limerick City Centre at 2pm and ends at Hunt Museum, where the main event of Pridefest will happen! There are more family-friendly activities, a café and bar area, and plenty of entertainment! Round out the week with Dragged to Brunch at House Limerick, where there will be bingo and games and food — you should definitely book ahead for this one!
Finally, over the week of August 8-14th, we have Galway Pride Festival. Of course, they will have their Pride Parade on the Saturday of that week, the 13th of June. Other events have yet to be specified, but there are reports of music, arts, discussions and hopefully yummy food! Definitely keep your eyes on their social media to learn more as they update their roster.
Whether you are going to one or all of these pride events, there are ways for you to show your support and pride. Shops and brands have various collections and promotions that are donating to great LGBTQ+ causes, such as the Trevor Project, which promotes mental health for LGBTQ+ youth. Do your research! There will be plenty of fun events you can participate in outside of the parades that encourage community, learning, love and — of course — fun! We can’t wait to see you there!