Huge crowds turn out for first-ever Letterkenny Pride parade

Many locals from the Donegal community expressed their gratitude for the long-awaited Pride festival.

Crowd of people march with Pride flags at the first ever Letterkenny Pride parade
Image: Ajith Mani Photography

After months of preparations, the first-ever Letterkenny Pride parade took place on Saturday, August 19.

The weather cleared up for the day-long outdoor celebration which included a family fun day of entertainment at An Granán Theatre, followed by a Pride Parade where community groups and businesses marched to show their support and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

The occasion offered a variety of entertainment that demonstrated the town’s diversity, inclusion and self-expression. Evening activities included drag bingo, a screening of the movie Pride at Century Cinemas, and a selection of musical performances featuring Donegal artist Moya Brennan. After-parties were hosted at The Brewery Bar, McGinley’s Bar, and The Cottage Bar.

Many locals expressed their gratitude for the long-awaited Pride festival. The LGBTQ+ community is gradually becoming more visible in Donegal, and Saturday’s events contributed to a sense of belonging and social connectivity.


This inaugural Pride festival was organised by a team of 10 volunteers and entirely funded through community sponsorship and donations. The events were organised as part of the larger Letterkenny Festival which also included a Soap Box Derby and “Country Sunday” performances.

Letterkenny Pride Chair, Kayleigh Bowery, said the level of support coming from the community and local businesses demonstrates that there has been a demand for such a celebration. The committee said that the purpose of the Pride festival is: “…showing members of the LGBTQ+ community who may feel marginalised that they belong in this town, and in this county.”


The committee added: “In particular, we feel there is a huge need to show young LGBTQ+ folks that they do not need to leave their hometown in order to feel welcome. There has been a lot of progress in Donegal in recent years, and we want Letterkenny to continue to be a part of that positive change.”

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