The Pride March
Dublin Pride Parade
While the Dublin Pride March and Parade take place at the same time and merge into each other, they are two distinct events, each with its own important purpose.
Following the Stonewall uprising in 1969 it was agreed that “Out of the ideas and ideals of the greater struggle that we are involved, that of our fundamental human rights”
a demonstration would take place on the last Saturday of June each year in New York and that other cities would be invited to hold similar demonstrations in solidarity.
This annual event became known as Pride and the first Dublin Pride March took place in June 1974, almost a decade before the first Dublin Pride Parade.
At its heart it is protest, but it is also a display of solidarity. If you plan to take part as an individual or with your friends or family, there is no need to register, it is a free event open to everyone who supports the ideals of Pride.
You can rock up on the day, watch from the side or join in and march, or a bit of both. Remember,
Pride is both Protest and Celebration, you’re welcome to dress up or bring your own banners and make as much noise as you like, however they must be respectful and inclusive of our LGBTQ+ community and not create a safety hazard.
The Pride Parade is a celebration of LGBTQ+ people and culture, the highly visible spectacle of the parade plays an important role in promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging within society.
It’s an opportunity to showcase the many LGBTQ+ organisations working within our community along with ally groups who take a visible stand in support of LGBTQ+ people.
Since the first Dublin Pride Parade in 1983, it has grown to become one of the most popular and loved events within the city and continues to change the hearts and minds of many people.
The Pride Parade is also a major fundraising event for many LGBTQ+ community organisations with both individuals and businesses raising vital funds each year through Pride.
The Dublin Pride Parade is one of the most coordinated events in the country with over 250 different groups taking part.
In order to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone involved it is necessary for groups taking part to register in advance.
Community Groups: There is no fee for charities, community groups or non profit organisations wishing to take part in the Dublin Pride Parade.
The first section of the Parade is reserved for LGBTQ+ community groups and charities and has a strict No corporate branding policy.
Corporate Groups: Fees from corporate partners not only help cover the cost of the event and ensure it remains free for the community,
they also support a range of community projects all year round. There is limited availability for corporate entries so early booking is advised.
Dublin Pride Festival – June 22nd to 28th, 2022
This year, we are partnering with Native Events in response to the climate crisis. As a human rights organisation,
it is our duty to declare a climate emergency and to further recognise the disproportionate impact of climate change on the LGBTQ+ community both nationally and internationally.
We have therefore committed to carbon neutrality through reduction and offsetting for this year’s festival.
The Dublin Pride Festival takes place from the 22nd to the 28th of June, however the whole of June is considered Pride Month with a host of organisations and venues running Pride events across the city and county.
If you are running a Pride event and would like it included in our festival schedule, contact email@example.com
Highlights of our 2022 Festival will include:
Pride Village – A full day festival in Merrion Square on Saturday June 25th. This is a free event suitable for all ages and is supported by Dublin City Council and our festival sponsors.
The festival includes 2 stages with entertainment all day, community zones, family area, quiet zone, food vendors and our new sustainability zone.
Mother – This June, Mother are gearing up for a whole weekend of Pride celebrations. Starting with the Mother Pride Opening Party, Friday 24th June:
Mother presents: Years & Years: The Nightcall Tour. Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th the Mother Pride Block Party is back with a bang for a full weekend of celebrations!
After three years without a Pride party, they’ve pulled out all the stops and are throwing a full weekend long queer city centre festival!
In addition to standard wheelchair accessible portable toilets that will be located at a number of areas across the
festival area and clearly signposted, the team from Mobiloo will be on hand.
Mobiloo is a mobile accessible toilet with adult sized changing bench, hoist, and a friendly attendant.
Our ISL team will join us on the main stage for all performances and speeches. Front Stage passes can be reserved in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or collected on the day at the side of the main stage.
Pride Village – Merrion Square
Entry to the Festival Site
Upon arrival at the festival site in Merrion Square, you can go to the entrance on Merrion Square West, opposite the National Gallery. Normal search procedures for an event of this size will still be in place,
however all security and stewards are aware that items such as weighted blankets or other accessibility aids don’t count towards the recommended baggage limits.
We are extremely grateful to our friends in NeuroPride for helping us create a dedicated space inside the park for neurodivergent folk.
This area is located in the South West corner of the park and will be clearly signposted.Volunteers from both NeuroPride and Dublin Pride will be hand throughout the day.
Main Stage Viewing Platform
We will have a raised viewing platform in the main stage area in the North-East section of the park
Diplomats for Equality Statement
The Ambassadors and chargé(s) d’affaires of the Diplomatic Missions of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States, and joined by the Heads of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, would like to thank the organisers and express our continued support for the Dublin Pride festival.
We are delighted that Dublin Pride 2022 will take place in-person this year, allowing us to continue to support and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer/Questioning persons (LGBTIQ+) community, the work of Dublin Pride, as well as other organisations and services. We commit to continuing our work to promote respect and non-discrimination against LGBTIQ+ persons, both in Ireland and abroad. We are pleased to take part as a joint contingent of ‘Diplomats for Equality’ in the Dublin Pride Parade on 25 June 2022.
Seventy-one jurisdictions around the world still criminalise same-sex conduct between consenting adults. There continues to be instances of discrimination and/or persecution of the LGBTIQ+ community worldwide. This includes hate-motivated violence, arbitrary arrest, and the application of the death penalty simply for being LGBTIQ+. We reaffirm our opposition to all forms of violence and discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics.
All people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity must be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination, and play an active part in society. Education, raising awareness, and dialogue are key tools to achieve this, and Pride organisations across the world, including Dublin Pride, play an important role in this work
“Courage” is the theme of this year’s festival. We commit to having the courage to call out and prevent acts of discrimination and violence towards the LGBTIQ+ community, and to stand with those affected by the events in Sligo in April this year.
Russia’s war in Ukraine has also shown us all that striving towards a common goal does not have room for discrimination, with many in the LGBTIQ+ community risking their own lives to defend their homes, communities, and Ukrainian identity.
The LGBTIQ+ community in Ukraine, as well as in many other countries around the world, are especially vulnerable to acts of stigmatization, harassment, and violence.
In this context, it is essential for all stakeholders to recognize and respond to the exposure to risk and protection-needs of the LGBTIQ+ community, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced and undocumented people.