On June 28 and 29, 2019, Dublin’s hairiest event of the year returns: Dublin Bear Pride will kick-off on Friday 28 in the Adelphi at 9pm with Fur – a club night. This will feature a set by DJ El Styra.
This is followed on Saturday 29 with the Furry Glen, another event in the Adelphi, with DJ Martin McCann, again at 9pm. Admission for both events is €10, with a percentage of proceeds going to an as-yet-to-be-announced LGBT+ charity. And of course, the Dublin Bears will have a presence at Pride with their own float.
This included live music acts such as the funk and disco cover band Till Death Do Us Party, London-based singer Paul Middleton, Utah-based singer-songwriter and activist Justin Utley, their annual trad session, and the always-intriguing Bear Bus Tour.
The event ended with the crowning of Mr Bear Ireland. This year’s winner, Kleber Alcantara, who is originally from Sao Paulo, said in his acceptance speech, “This means a lot to me. I decided to enter this competition because after my Mum passed away I was here in Ireland so this is just a little bit of what I can give back to Ireland.
“Ireland has given me a lot. Friends are what my life is all about so I have a lot of friends who came here to support me, I love you all. My heart is now divided by two countries, I’m half Brazilian and half Irish because I love this country. I will do my best to represent Mr Bear Ireland all over Europe.”
Next year’s Féile will kick off March 26, and will end March 29, when a new Mr. Bear Ireland will be crowned.
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