Dublin City Council Flies Flag for Pride

by Gazette Reporter
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Dublin City Council plays a very central and active part in supporting Dublin’s annual Pride parade.

This includes flying the Pride flag from City Hall, Civic Offices and on flag poles across the city, sending a strong message of inclusion to everyone who lives, works and visits the city.

Dublin City Council is one of the main supporters and funders of Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, which now hosts one of the biggest parades in Europe. We are delighted the festival has grown from a small, brave group of protesters into an iconic event.

This year, on the 50th anniversary of Dublin Pride, we expect 100,000 people to flock to the streets of Dublin – including members of the Dublin City Council LGBT+ Staff Network.

For the first time, we will also host the ‘Belong To Pride Breakfast’, which invites hundreds of people aged 13-23 from youth groups across the country to enjoy music, face painting and food at Civic Offices before the parade.

Dublin City Council has facilitated road closures along the parade route from O’Connell Street to Merrion Square. Our Waste Management team also has extra bins and staff on hand.

At the end of the parade route, Merrion Square Park will host this year’s Pride Village where revellers can enjoy the best of entertainment from acts like Davina Devine and Viola Gayvis. With free entry from 12pm-6pm, the village features a Main Stage, a Food Town and a Neuropride area. Other accessibility supports put in place by Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride include priority entrances, accessible toilets and ISL interpretation at the main stage.

No alcohol is allowed in the village and visitors are encouraged to refill their own bottles at the water station.

Elsewhere, Dublin City Libraries join in the celebrations with a carefully curated selection of Pride reads. Use your library card with the BorrowBox app to access a range of LGBTQ+ eBooks and audiobooks from home.

Alternatively, drop by the Reading Room at the Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street to check out its small, but powerful, display of past leaflets, bookmarks, posters and other ephemera from the Irish LGBTQ+ community.

On Tuesday next June 25, Dublin City Libraries will also host a free Queer Dublin Tour with Dublin City Historian-in-Residence Elizabeth Kehoe. The 90-minute tour will explore incredible figures and events in Ireland’s Queer History. Just be sure to book a place!

Happy Pride 2024 everyone!

Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

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