Dublin's LGBTQ Parade will start at O’Connell Street this year and finish at Merrion Square, organisers announced today.
Assembling on O’Connell Street and Parnell Square on Saturday 29 June, 7,000 people from over 150 different groups with floats, marching bands and rainbow-striped costumes will lead out the Parade.
From O’Connell Street, the parade will turn on to Eden Quay and pass Liberty Hall, where the first large scale march for LGBT+ rights in Ireland started in 1983.
The Dublin Pride Parade route will then cross the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge and travel along City Quay, Lombard Street, Westland Row and end with a free outdoor event in Merrion Square.
The free event, licensed by Dublin City Council, marched down the city’s main artery until 2016 when it was changed to make way for Luas Cross City works.
Last year, the parade was directed away from major thoroughfares. Travelling down Kevin Street, Patrick Street, and Nicholas Street before crossing the River Liffey, the parade finished at Smithfield on the northside.
Now that works are completed, this year’s Pride will start at the Garden of Remembrance before starting off from O’Connell Street.
Over 7,000 people from 150 groups will lead this year’s parade. It’s estimated that 60,000 people took part in last year’s parade and march.
It was announced yesterday that Dublin Pride is one of five Pride’s bidding to host Europe’s main LGBT+ event, EuroPride. The huge event in 2022, Europe’s main LGBT+ Pride celebration, would fall on the 30th anniversary of EuroPride and the 50th anniversary of the first Pride in Europe.
Speaking about being one of five Pride Parades in the running, Jed Dowling, Festival Director of Dublin Pride, said:
“2022 will mark a hundred years of Irish independence. Hosting EuroPride will celebrate two of the most important influences on the development of our country, Europe and Pride.”
For more information on the upcoming festival, check out their website.