Join in the most colourful celebration in town!
Following on the triumphant (high) heels of the Gay Theatre Festival and the world’s First Same Sex Marriage referendum, the LGBTQ Community will be painting the town rainbow, in celebrating of Dublin Pride. Once upon a time just a one day parade through Dublin, this spectacular carnival has grown to a 10 day event celebrating diversity and creativity and culminating in the Pride Parade on Saturday June 27th. To help you organise your visit Laura from the Dublin Visitor Centre team has prepared a ‘Pride Day Itinerary’ of the hottest (and campest spots) in town.
Start your day in a fabulous way with a ‘Pre Pride Brunch’ at Whitefriar Grill. If pink Champagne is more to your taste, Boteca will be offering bubbles as part of their Dublin Pride Experience. After lining your tummy head to the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square (at the top of O’Connell Street) for 13:30 and expect to be greeted with a sea of rainbow flags and theatrically dressed well-wishers. The Pride Parade makes its way along the Capital’s main thoroughfare passing the O’Connell Street monuments before continuing across O’Connell Bridge to Merrion Square and the Pride Village. Pride Village will offer family areas, cultural performances, live music and food & drinks stalls. Dublin Pride say “the whole city is invited to celebrate” amongst the riot of colour, sequins and ubiquitous feather boas!
Following the Parade, revellers can stay in Merrion Square and enjoy the live entertainment or continue back towards the city centre Pride Hubs. The George Pub, a Dublin institution and gay landmark since 1985, becomes the epicentre of the post-parade parties with local and international DJs performing getting the party into full swing. After the fun and games of the George, head across the road to the Front Lounge on Parliament Street to continue the party. There also Oscar’s Bar, located on historical Fishamble St, next to the beautiful Christchurch Cathedral. They are hosting a Tribute Evening of gay icons Lady Gaga and Kylie.
Panti Bar, run by Dublin’s Grand Dame ‘Panti Bliss’ , will be hosting a day long street party on the iconic Capel Street. Expect Capel Street to be buzzing with the throng of Pride Revellers. If you want to take a break from the buzz of Pride step in for a quiet pint with the locals nearby Slattery’s or Mc Daids. If the weather is behaving itself, why not finish the night at Mother Block party beside District 8 (formerly the Tivoli) – Le Galaxia are playing so expect a very late boisterous night!
Dubliners’ Top tip
A guaranteed cure for the-day-after-the-night-before sore heads is brunch – Dubliner favourites for a wicked hearty brunch include San Lorenzo, Brother Hubbard’s and White Friar Grill (where it all began!). And to finish your Pride Experience you have to head back to the George for another Dublin favourite – the Bingo, cabaret-style.
2015 Dublin Pride promises to be the biggest yet so join in the guaranteed carnival atmosphere of our great city as it comes together to celebrate equality and diversity recognised. As U2 once said, Pride in the name of love………..
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