Limerick Pride Festival 2019 starts this Friday, July 12 with the Pride Parade taking place on Saturday, July 13.
At the press launch Lisa Daly, Chairperson Limerick Pride 2019 said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer a fantastic line up for Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2019, running from Friday, July 5 until Sunday, July 14 with the Parade on Saturday, July 13. There is something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade and the PrideFest party directly after the Parade at the Hunt Museum.
“We want to welcome everyone to join us in celebrating LGBTQ culture in Limerick and show Limerick for the truly open and accepting city that she is. Our theme this year is ‘World Pride’ as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation”.
Richard Lynch, PRO Limerick Pride said, “The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the world”.
It was also announced at the press launch that Executive Director of BeLonG To Moninne Griffith will be the Grand Marshal of Limerick Pride 2019.
Moninne said, “Pride this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising – the birthplace of the LGBTI+ rights movement. Pride was made possible by brave members of the LGBTI+ community who took a stand for LGBTI+ equality in New York and by activists all over the world, including Ireland who still fights for LGBTI+ equality today. I am proud as Grand Marshall of Limerick Parade to march alongside everyone who is marking Pride in a way that feels right for them – as a protest, as a celebration, as a community. Together we will celebrate how far we have come and continue to fight for equality, safety, health, and wellbeing for all our LGBTI+ communities”.
On Saturday, July 13, the Limerick Pride Parade, will bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at City Hall at 1.30pm the Parade will make its way at 2.30pm sharp up O’Connell Street and ending at the Hunt Museum for PrideFest 2019 a showcase of local LGBT+ culture in Limerick in a lavish marquee in the museum gardens from 3 pm – 6 pm.
Following PrideFest RuPaul’s Drag Race star Jujubee will headline the Pride Climax Party at Dolan’s Warehouse. Pre-tickets are on sale & can be purchased online for €15 or €30 for the Jujubee Meet & Greet at www.dolans.ie.
Dundalk Pride Takes Place This Weekend
If you can’t make it to Limerick Pride, Dundalk Pride is sure to be an exciting weekend and will include various events celebrating the LGBT+ community in Dundalk.
On Friday, July 12, Youth Pride will take place which includes fun workshops and music. On Saturday, July 13 there will be a Family Day from 12-6pm in Outcomers. Which will include a kids space, youth space, barbeque, Pride stall and musicians.
See Dundalk Pride’s Facebook for more info.
Happy Pride Limerick and Dundalk!
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