Celebrate your pride at one of these great events taking place this month

by Juliana Reyes

LGBT+ Pride is celebrated throughout the month of June all over the world and Dublin has many events that LGBT+ people and their family members, friends and allies can be a part of.

There are many Pride-related events throughout June, from historical LGBT+ tours of Dublin to the Dublin Pride 5K run.

The main festival weekend is June 29-30, with events taking place all around the city.

The Dublin Pride Parade is on Saturday, June 29 at 1pm. Floats and people are assembling at O’Connell Street and Parnell Square before they start on the route and will end in Merrion Square with a family-friendly, free outdoor event.

The parade’s organiser, Dublin LGBT+ Pride, is expecting more than 150 groups with more than 7,000 participants marching in the parade. All spectators are allowed to walk in the parade/march with a group, or they can follow along behind.

After the parade, there are many parties throughout the city, with DJs and performances from Drag Queens.

June is known as Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York city that sparked the gay rights liberation movement in the 1960s.

Today, many cities all over the world celebrate Pride with parades, marches and festivals.

Dublin has had Pride marches and events since the 1970s. The first large march was in March 1983, with a large march held in protest against violence against gay men and women in Ireland.

That June saw the first organised Dublin Pride parade, with the parade being a staple of the city ever since.

Last year, more than 60,000 participants, spectators and marchers were a part of the parade.

Dublin LGBT+ Pride says within a generation the parade has turned into one of the “biggest and most popular events in Ireland.”

For further information on the various events and the parade/march route, see http://dublinpride.ie.

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