Kingdom Pride makes triumphant return to Kerry with week-long festival

To celebrate LGBTQ+ communities in rural regions, the Kingdom is striving to make this year’s festival "the Biggest Little Pride in Ireland."

Three people hold a Pride flag for Kingdom Pride in Kerry
Image: Facebook Kingdom Pride in Kerry

Kerry is hosting its third annual Kingdom Pride Festival from July 10-16, 2023, and the schedule includes over thirty-three events spanning seven days, promising to be “the biggest little Pride in Ireland.”

The 2023 Pride festival theme is Together In Love, celebrating love, inclusivity, and diversity. In addition to Killarney, the week-long festival will include community events in neighbouring towns like Listowel, Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Tralee, Kenmare, and South Kerry “to ensure that no corner of the Kingdom is lacking in Pride this year.”

 Kingdom Pride’s Co-Chairperson Sabrina Crotty said: “Creating a festival in a county as vast as Kerry is no small feat, but everywhere we go communities are turning up and showing their support to help us bring the celebrations to life. Our theme this year could not be more apt.”

The programme features a range of activities and events in inclusive spaces, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Daytime events include yoga, hikes, kayaking, bowling, art, film screenings and family-friendly park celebrations. Evening entertainment includes a Quiz night, Drag night at Social 15 featuring Candy Warhol, Mia Gold, Letycha Le’Synn and Richard Joke, and a celebratory closing party.

Crotty is especially looking forward to hosting their annual Pride Park Celebrations at the gorgeous Killarney House and Gardens on Saturday, July 15.

The main Pride in the Park event will take place among the lakes of Killarney on July 15. More event details will be shared on their Instagram and Facebook pages in the coming days.

Community allies are encouraged to come and celebrate alongside their LGBTQ+ friends, family, and neighbours. Anyone attending for the first time is welcome to join the community discord server.

Kingdom Pride in Kerry is one of the many LGBTQ+ celebrations happening across Ireland in July, you can read more about the other fabulous festivals here.

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