30,000 Come Out For Dublin Pride 2017

An estimated 30,000 people took to the streets for Dublin Pride at the weekend.

Some of the people marching in the Dublin Pride 2017 Parade with rainbow flags including Leo Varadkar

This year’s theme was ‘Find Your Inner Hero’, and revellers ran with the idea, with many marchers donning brightly-coloured superhero garb.

young women standing aboard a parade float at Dublin Pride 2017

The new parade route saw marchers forgo O’Connell Street, maraching instead through the Liberties and Christchurch before finish up in Smithfield for the annual Pride parade.

Once assembled, there were speeches from Senator Norris (who is not a fan of the new route, telling crowds: “We’ve got to reclaim O’Connell Street!”), Dublin Pride 2017 Grand Marshall Moninne Griffith and even new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

“I don’t think that I have in any way changed things for you. I think that all you who have taken part in this great movement have changed things for me, and for tens of thousands of other people,” Varadkar, who on Saturday became the first Taoiseach to take part in a Pride parade, told the crowds at Smithfield.

Other Pride festivals across the world didn’t enjoy such a successful Pride weekend: police in Istanbul blocked attempts by organisers to hold a Pride march in the Turkish city on Sunday.

Organisers had vowed to continue with the event – which authorities had cancelled, citing the danger of violence from right-wing groups – but the police fired rubber bullets marchers from congregating at the march’s rallying point, reports BBC.

Elsewhere, US whistleblower Chelsea Manning joined tens of thousand of attendees at a very political New York Pride for her first Pride festival as a free woman.

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