Nuala Ward announced as Grand Marshal of Galway Pride

Nuala is one of the founding members of Galway Pride which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Nuala Ward

Galway Pride has announced that the Grand Marshal for this year’s festival is Nuala Ward. Nuala is one of the founding members of Galway Pride, which enters its 30th year.

Galway Pride holds the record for the longest-running consecutively running Pride in Ireland.

Nuala says: “I feel privileged each year participating in Galway Pride parade. Jane Talbot and Natalie Zaybolt helped me organise Galway’s first Pride parade. This year will mark our communities 30th parade. It is an honour for me to lead Galway’s diverse, vibrant and flourishing LGBTQ+ community, our families, friends and allies on this special parade.

“Remembering those who have gone before us, celebrating positive change, highlighting ongoing much-needed work and in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers around the world. Visibility is as important today as it was 30 years ago.

“Whether it’s your 1st or your 21st parade enjoy every moment!! A big thank you to all involved for your work and dedication in creating a festival for all of us to enjoy. Have a happy and safe Galway Community Pride!”

The city of Galway has recently voted to raise the rainbow flag at City hall to commemorate Galway Pride’s 30th year in a unanimous vote.

Owen Hanley said on this decision: “The rainbow flag will fly to mark our progress that has been made, in solidarity with the struggles still to be won across the world, and in unity with our community in the North.”

Galway Pride Festival takes place from August 13 to August 19 with the parade taking place on August 18.

The event will include a parade from the Galway city hall and a pride shop opens all week. There will also be a Pride art exhibition throughout the week that will promote expression, love, parties, and overall good time.

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