Dublin’s Pride Parade returns to the streets of the capital today for the first time since the pandemic began – and returns greener than before.
Starting on O’Connell Street at midday, the Pride Parade will parade down O’Connell Street and is expected to pass along Custom House Quay before crossing the River Liffey and ending in Merrion Square, where a Pride Festival will be held. a day.
Jamie Kenny, Dublin Pride’s operations and outreach manager, said the parade had tried to go “a bit bigger” for its return after the two-year pandemic hiatus, and had tried to be “as sustainable as possible”.
“We try to be carbon neutral,” he said.
With a few exceptions like emergency vehicles and disabled vehicles, most floats will be push-pull carts, and organizers have also been “mindful” to limit litter and single-use plastics.
“It was a challenge, but it was interesting, and once you’ve done it one year, we can definitely replicate it the next year,” Mr Kenny said.
He said the Pride Parade is “incredibly important to our community” and that following an “upsurge in homophobic and transphobic violence, it is also a time when we can come together”.
“One thing about our community is that we’re good at pulling together through tough and difficult times, and having Pride allows our community to have this space where we can all be together, highly visible, celebrating the accomplishments we we’ve done, do a little rowdiness about the things we have yet to see.”
Over 800 LGBTQ+ young people are also taking part in Pride celebrations alongside Belong To and Youth Work Ireland – this represents many young people who may not have experienced Pride or other LGBT+ events before, due to the pandemic.
“Maybe you went out during the pandemic, you didn’t know what services were there, and being able to see all these support organizations marching in the parade, they can engage with that,” Mr. Kenny.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for everyone. If you’re out in the streets of Dublin, cheer people on – they’ve earned it.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will be present at the parade.
Ahead of the event, Justice Minister Helen McEntee said the parade “is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by LGBTI+ people, to promote diversity and inclusion in society and to defend the ‘equality for all’.
She welcomed the attendance of over 1,500 officials from government departments, An Garda Síochána, HSE and various branches of the state in the parade under the Proud To Work For Ireland banner, more than double the 600 officials who took part in the 2019 parade.
“I am delighted to walk alongside my colleagues from the Ministry of Justice, the wider civil service and the gardaí.
“Everyone who walks is proud to work for Ireland every day and I’m proud to walk with them,” she said.