After a three-year absence, Sligo Pride returned last weekend in an incredible explosion of colour and music. Revellers enjoyed a wonderful parade which wound its way through the streets, spreading laughter and joy as it went.
The weekend began with an inclusive and welcoming Open Mic Night which displayed the vast range of local LGBT+ talent Sligo has on tap. The event invited any poets, writers, story-tellers, comedians or musicians to come on down and keep the party going. It was followed by a terrific Banner Making Workshop for folk to share top tips on making that perfect Pride sign!
— Ber Grogan (@bergro30) August 10, 2019
Saturday brought the unmissable Pride Parade. Folk joined together as the LGBT+ community, their family, friends and allies proudly marched in celebration, in protest and in remembrance of our journey as a community and as a country.
— IT Sligo (@itsligo) August 10, 2019
The Sligo Pride After Party was hosted by Eddie McGuinness, founder of The Outing Festival, and Carrie Déway, winner of Ringmaster’s Drag Race Cycle 3.
Eddie shared on social media some terrific images of the day and all the folk who came out to enjoy Sligo at its best.
After the thoroughly entertaining mainstage antics, revellers headed on to the Clayton Hotel to keep the celebrations going into the wee hours.
— Caroline Millar (@MillarC92) August 10, 2019
Sunday may have seen a few tender heads but that was no reason to stop the Pride party from rolling on, it had been a three-year wait after all! The Swagman Sunday Chillout was on hand to bring the weekend to a wonderful close.
It’s been a great year for regional Prides, as Tipperary held its very first Pride celebration, lighting up Thurles in all the colours of the rainbow only a few weeks before Sligo made this welcome and long awaited return.
From your LGBT+ family all across Ireland – Congratulations, Sligo Pride, on a huge success. Here’s hoping next year will be just as good!
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