Pride season is almost upon us and today the 2019 Dublin Pride Festival theme has finally been announced as ‘Rainbow Revolution’.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which constitutes the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the beginning of the fight for LGBT+ rights in the USA and subsequently worldwide.
Rainbow Revolution aims to celebrate and pay tribute to this huge milestone.
Speaking about this year’s theme, the Dublin Pride Team said: “2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and thus the birth of the modern LGBT+ rights movement.
“In the words of Stormé DeLarverie. It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience. It wasn’t no damn riot.
“The global LGBT+ community has made massive, monumental strides in the intervening time and many countries including Ireland have led the charge with gains for minorities in a variety of areas.
“This year we wanted to honour the broad spectrum of progress in our rainbow family. Rainbow Revolution honours all the tireless activism that we celebrate on this 50th anniversary but equally acknowledges the many battles still to fight for our LGBT+ brothers and sisters globally.”
Festival Director of Dublin Pride, Jed Dowling, also shared this message to all people attending Dublin Pride:
“It’s 50 years since the events of Stonewall and the birth of Pride. Join us as we celebrate everything we have achieved so far in our Rainbow Revolution and the people who helped make it happen.
“Join us as we carry on our fight for equality and be part of the next 50 years of revolution. Join us on the 29th of June, it’s our birthday!”
Last year 60,000 people attended the Dublin Pride parade, making it the biggest to date, and this year we expect an even bigger turnout as the festival will return to the main street of Dublin.
Assembling on Parnell Square on Saturday, June 29, the Parade will march down O’Connell Street, across the Liffey and end with a free outdoor event in Merrion Square.
In addition to the Parade and Dublin Pride Village in Merrion Square, Collins Barracks will host the biggest, most colourful event in its 300-year history, becoming the site for the Mother Pride Block Party which is now almost sold out.
Dublin Pride is also one of five Pride festivals in the running to host EuroPride 2022. The huge event, Europe’s main LGBT+ Pride celebration, is set to take place on the 30th anniversary of EuroPride and the 50th anniversary of the first Pride in Europe.
Love Sensation Pride Parade
As well as announcing this year’s theme, the awesome peeps of Dublin Pride have also just revealed they have teamed up with the much-anticipated queer music festival Love Sensation, which will host its very own Pride Parade to help raise money for our Pride Community Fund.
The Pride Community Fund has been established by Dublin Pride to raise vital funds for LGBT+ community groups.
Speaking about the partnership with Dublin Pride, Love Sensation co-founder Cormac Cashman told GCN:
“Love Sensation is gearing up to be the biggest queer party closing out the summer this year and we’ll be organising a Pride Parade right through the festival site at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham! We’ll be fundraising on site for our Pride Community Fund and you can also donate while buying tickets on Ticketmaster!”
For more information and updates on Dublin Pride Festival, visit dublinpride.ie
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