Pride season is already in full swing, and to add to the buzz, Dublin Pride organisers have unveiled the parade route and theme for 2022. Following two years of restricted celebrations, the event on June 25 will be back with a bang, and guess what? You’re all invited.
Kicking off at midday, marchers will assemble along O’Connell Street between the Garden of Remembrance and the GPO. From there, they will stride with pride down by Liberty Hall, and venture across the Liffey, before ending the parade at the Pride Village in Merrion Square at around 3 PM.
“If you plan to take part as an individual or with your friends or family, there is no need to register. You can rock up on the day, watch from the side or join in and march, or a bit of both,” the organisation states.
“Remember, Pride is both Protest and Celebration, you’re welcome to bring your own banners and make as much noise as you like, however, they must be respectful and inclusive of our LGBTQ+ community and not create a safety hazard.”
For community organisations such as charities, groups or non-profits wishing to take part, there is no fee but you must register in advance. The first section of the parade is reserved for LGBTQ+ organisations and has a strict no corporate branding policy.
The theme of this year’s event is Uchtach/Courage, fitting following what has been an extremely challenging couple of years. A lot has happened since the last proper Pride parade in 2019, and violence against LGBTQ+ people seems to be soaring to new heights. In light of recent homophobic attacks nationwide, Dublin Pride expresses that what we need now is to be courageous and come together despite fear and despite negativity.
June 25 is not the only day to celebrate as Pride week officially runs from June 22 – 26, and there are events all throughout the month. One of the festival highlights is the Mother Block Party in Collins Barracks. The weekend-long festival kicks off with the Opening Party featuring Years & Years on Friday night, followed by the daytime Pride party on Saturday headlined by Anitta, and closing on Sunday with sets from the likes of Rina Sawayama.
Another highlight is the Dublin Pride Hub located at 18-19 Duke Street. Doubled up as an exhibition space and shop, the venue houses concession stands from the likes of Colm Molloy, House of Dapper, the PozVibe podcast, ProjectTrans Bootcamp, THISISPOPBABY, and our very own national LGBTQ+ press GCN.
Keep your eyes peeled as further details of the Dublin Pride 2022 celebrations are set to be revealed over the coming weeks.
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