2018 Parade Order

We are pleased to announce the running order for the 2018 Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade.

R1 Grand Marshall – Car
R2 TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland)
R3 Lord Mayor w/Dublin City Council’s LGBT Staff Network
R4 Defence Forces w/ Army Band
R6 Tesco
R7 Limerick Pride
R8 Dublin Pride Bus
R9 BeLonG To Youth Services/Youth Work Ireland
R10 Aer Lingus
R11 Pagan Federation Ireland
R12 Bi+ Ireland
R13 Social Democrats
R14 Sky Ireland
R15 Radical Queers Resist
R16 Sinn Féin
R17 LGBT Ireland
R18 Abortion Rights Campaign
R19 The George
R20 Team Ireland @ Gay Games
R21 Team Cork
R22 Out2Tennis
R23 Wet and Wild
R24 Dublin Devils FC
R25 Pink Ladies Hockey Club
R26 Emerald Warriors RFC
R27 Out and about hiking
R28 Dublin Frontrunners A.C.
R29 Bohemian Football Club/GayBohs
R30 Dublin Roller Derby
R31 Croí Dublin: Queer Hiking Group


O1 Foróige
O2 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
O3 Accenture
O4 Indeed
O5 We Are Church Ireland
O6 Dublin Lesbian Line
O8 AXA Insurance DAC
O9 Solidarity–People Before Profit
O10 Catholic Guides of Ireland
O11 Brazilian Left Front
O12 Vodafone
O13 Amnesty International Ireland
O14 Labour LGBT
O15 Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus
O16 Facebook
O17 Dublin Film Qlub
O18 Gloria DLGC
O19 Changing Attitiutude Ireland
O20 Google
O21 Jigsaw Dublin City
O22 LearnUpon Limited
O23 Pavee


Y1 Mastercard
Y2 Qualtrics
Y3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Y4 Penguin Random House Ireland
Y5 Groupon
Y6 The Soar Foundation
Y7 Out in UL
Y8 Bank of Ireland
Y9 Citi
Y10 Deutsche Bank
Y11 HSBC Bank
Y12 State Street
Y13 Grant Thornton
Y14 EY
Y16 Ulster Bank Ireland DAC
Y17 Sage
Y18 Family Generaid Foundation
Y19 Dublin Bears
Y20 Zendesk
Y21 Pure Storage
Y22 Outhouse
Y23 Mason Hayes & Curran
Y24 Asana
Y25 Dropbox
Y26 New Relic International
Y27 Verizon
Y28 Universal Pictures Ireland
Y29 Fianna Fáil
Y30 Northern Trust
Y31 Spin108
Y32 HIV Ireland and Positive Now
Y33 98FM


G1 PwC
G2 Workday
G3 Extern
G4 Bród
G5 Baxter Healthcare
G7 Fidelity
G12 DellEMC
G14 Intercom
G15 Bord Gais Energy
G16 Green Party
G17 eBay
G18 Irish Life
G19 Squarespace
G20 HubSpot
G21 Standard Life
G22 Spiritualist Union of Ireland
G23 Deloitte
G24 Shopify
G25 Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI)
G26 Irish Red Cross Youth
G27 LinkedIn
G28 Intertrust
G29 Salesforce


B1 Union of Students in Ireland
B2 USI – 5 IADT QSA  (LGBTQ+Society)
B4 Trinity College Dublin Q Soc
B5 CIT LGBT* Society
B6 TCD Students’ Union
B7 DIT LGBTQ Society
B8 DIT Students Union Ents
B9 National Collage Of Ireland
B10 BearingPoint
B11 Argos
B12 mytaxi
B13 Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH)
B14 BT Ireland
B15 Microsoft
B16 Proctor & Gamble
B17 The Walt Disney Company
B18 CPL Recruitment
B19 Asavie
B20 Eversheds Sutherland
B21 Irish Congress of Trade Unions
B22 Sun Life Financial
B23 Smartbox Group Ltd
B24 PayPal
B25 Slack Technologies Limited
B26 Nando’s
B27 Adobe Systems Ireland


P1 Ericsson
P2 Demonware
P3 Amazon
P4 IBM Ireland
P5 Arvato CRM Solutions
P6 KBC Bank
P7 Health Service Executive
P8 Cartrawler
P9 Virgin Media
P10 Pawtrait Ireland
P11 Fitbit
P12 Airbnb Ireland UC
P13 UCD LGBTQ+ Society
P15 Permanent TSB
P16 eir
P17 Intel
P18 S 66
P19 Fenergo Ltd.
P20 Aiobhannes Pink Tie
P21 Scoting Ireland

2018 Safety Update

For the safety and enjoyment of all attending the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, An Garda Siochana and Dublin City Council request that patrons leave bags at home on event day.

In line with standard protocol for recent events, backpacks and large bags will NOT be allowed. Only small bags measuring no bigger than A5 (14.8 × 21 cm, 5.8in x 8.2in) will be permitted into both St. Stephens Green South and Smithfield Square.

There will, of course, be exceptions made for people with medical conditions and children, but for the sake of everybody’s safety, all bags will be thoroughly searched.

This is a family fun non-alcoholic and drug-free event.

Management reserve the right to refuse admission.

Pride Mobility Bus

If you have mobility issues or other special requirements that prevent you from walking the parade route but would like to participate in the Pride parade this Saturday 30th June 2018 we would love you come on board the Proudest Bus for Pride, Come Join us on board.

Dublin Bus has kindly donated a Rainbow Bus so that you can do so! Places are limited so if you would like to reserve your place, please email info@dublinpride.ieto pre-register for a spot.

Dublin Pride needs you

Dublin Pride is looking for the best and brightest to join the team this year and help Dublin Pride 2018 be the best year yet! This year’s theme is “We are Family” and this stands true to our team – we cannot do this without the amazing teams we have helping to run the festival.

There are numerous roles from parade stewards to shop assistants in our Pride Pop Up Shop to social media assistants that we are looking to fill up for the day. If you know anyone or would like to volunteer some time yourself please reach out for more info or fill in the volunteer form linked Here.

Sign up now!

The festival itself has started and there are loads of events on that we are also looking for bodies on, You can find the Pride guide here. If there are any events you would like to go to or even help out with let us know!

The festival itself has started and there are loads of events on that we are also looking for bodies on, You can find the Pride guide here. If there are any events you would like to go to or even help out with let us know.

Festival Events for the 2018 Festival Now Available Online

We are happy to announce that the full event listings for the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 are now available in our events section. Over 50 spectacular events which will take us up and past Pride Day of June 30th.

Find some amazing events covering everything including performance, the arts and activism to the best parties in Dublins bars and clubs.

Keep it here to get the latest on all the news and events for your favourite Pride festival!

Sara Philips Announced As Grand Marshall Of Dublin Pride

The Dublin LGBTQ Pride committee, staff and volunteer are delighted to announce that the Chair of TENI Sara Philips has been announced as the Grand Marshall of this year’s Pride parade where the theme is ‘We Are Family’.

In an interview with our partners at GCN, Sara said “It’s such an honour to be asked to be Grand Marshal. This year is actually my 20th Pride. I started in TENI in ’97 and missed just one in 2011. For the trans community, we’ve had only two previous grand marshals (Lydia Foy and Anna Grodzka), so to be chosen to represent my community in such an important way is a huge compliment to me and I’m very very proud of it.It is an amazing honour.”

The Dublin Pride 2018 Festival will take place from June 21st to 30th, with the annual Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade taking place in Dublin City Centre on Saturday, June 30th.

See you all there!

The journey to Pride – Ireland’s dark past and brightening future

LAST WEEK I spent a fascinating few hours in the Pearse Street Library, captivated by Tonie Walsh’s lecture on Irish LGBT history. Tonie, who is the curator of the Irish Queer Archive (now held at the National Library on Kildare Street), is one of those rarest of men, a living avatar of the Irish gay rights movement and Dublin social history, who is totally accessible and modest, always fresh and enthusiastic. He is like a portable Irish Queer Archive, himself.

Tonie’s lecture took us on a journey from the invisibility and frustration of the ’70s, through the dark violence of the ’80s and into the tentative dawn of the ’90s. The stories he told left me brimming with pride in the courage and dedication of the unsung heroes upon whose efforts my own happiness and freedom stand. It also filled me with determination that this generation would end the fight for equality. I think it would be impossible to be confronted with our LGBT heritage and not feel a revitalisation in the effort to progress the cause of equality, each of us in our own small ways.

Tentative beginnings

The first Dublin Pride march took place on June 27, 1974, when ten brave souls marched from the Department of Justice on Stephen’s Green to the British Embassy on Merrion Road, to highlight the criminalisation of homosexuality, which was itself a nasty hangover from colonial times.

This first modest step towards visibility was made during a decade of great change. It’s probably impossible for young people now to understand how dangerous it was to be seen as or associated with homosexuality. Consensual gay sex was a criminal offence. There was a crusade against the very language used about gay people, with more liberal publications being attacked and censored. Such media coverage was a lifeline for the thousands of confused and lonely people trying desperately to forge a self-identity without the vocabulary to describe who they were.

It was also around this time that ‘Tell-a-Friend’, which would grow up to become Gay Switchboard also came in to being. In 1979, the landmark Hirschfield Centre in a rundown corner of Temple Bar became a crucible of the fledgling gay community. In 1981 a young civil rights lawyer called Mary Robinson brought some media attention to this humble venue by unveiling the Pink Triangle sign outside. The centre itself was not perfect, but at least it was a focal point and a home. There was no commercial gay scene yet, so ‘The Hirsch’, as it came to be known, was a desperately needed safe space for people to come and express themselves.

The darkness of the 80s

The 1980s would prove to be a dark time for queers in Ireland. This was in part fuelled by the grinding poverty and unemployment in the country, but also because the new gay visibility made us targets for victimisation. Dublin, in particular, was a powder keg. The last straw came with the brutal murder of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park in 1983. He was beaten and left to choke on his own blood by five assailants, aged between 12 and 18 years of age. They were arrested shortly after, admitting they were “clearing the park of queers”. Outrageously, at their trial the judge let them off with a suspended sentence.

The court case blew the lid off the injustices against gay people, previously hidden from the eyes of the general public. There were questions in the Dáil and the Seanad. The media was suddenly running sympathetic stories. Gay activists and trade union groups joined to organise a large-scale demonstration in March of 1983. With TV cameras in tow, hundreds marched from Liberty Hall to the location of the brutal murder in Fairview Park. It is chilling to note that as the protestors marched through North Strand they were greeted with the sight of bonfires being burned in celebration by the supporters of the five killers who had gotten off. That march, with its righteous anger and its demand for change, was a turning point. There was no going back.

Out and proud

A few months later on a sunny June 25, 1983 the first true Gay Pride parade, labeled as a protest march, took place. 200 people walked from Stephen’s Green down Grafton Street towards the GPO. Lesbian activist, Joni Crone gave a satirical speech, reworking the 1916 proclamation and re-dedicating the GPO to the gay rights cause. The young Tonie Walsh also took the stand. In Dublin magazine ran an issue dedicated to the “gay generation”, although the ‘gay’ was still in slightly sardonic inverted commas.

That year the bleachers erected outside the GPO for a children’s event the next day were appropriated by impassioned gays. Sadly, however in 1985 it seemed the energy was flagging and the Pride movement was running out of steam. The dark days were returning and the headlines changed from sympathetic to sinister. In 1987 the precious Hirschfield Centre was destroyed in an arson attack.

However, in 1988 the movement redoubled its efforts. GLEN was founded, the first issue of GCN was published, and there was an explosion of new literature critiquing existing laws and spelling out the reasons why equality and justice were important. The Irish Congress of Trade unions and others seized on this new spirit of professionalism and determination in the movement.

Breaking taboos

After years of stagnation the Irish Pride parade began again in earnest in 1992. 400 people turned up at Stephen’s Green, marching past that other symbol of sexual liberation The Virgin Megastores and then on to Central Bank. In 1993 the bill decriminalizing homosexuality was signed off during Pride Week, prompting the humorous rally cry during the parade: “What do we want? Equal rights! When do we want it? Yesterday!”

With decriminalisation came a new attitude of engagement. Taboos on discussing LGBT issues in polite conversation were broken. It gave mainstream Irish society license to interact with their gay peers. With social respect came commercial validation, as savvy capitalists began to acknowledge the power of the pink punt.

One of the many creative banners in the black and white pictures presented by Tonie at the talk proclaimed: “better blatant than latent”. I think that’s a fitting call to visiblity. The youth vote will be essential in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality and it is more important than ever that young people realise the bravery in the face of terrible violence, the work and dedication, our journey so far has cost.

One of most pertinent and painful aspects of seeing the past is that we are yet to enjoy real equality and liberty. We have inherited a great legacy from brave individuals like Tonie Walsh, but we still have to keep fighting the good fight. We are at a crossroads in Irish history. For the sake of the generations to come we must leave a lasting legacy. We must demand equality with bravery and dignity. We must demand it with pride.

Rob Buchanan is an aspiring novelist, journalist, poet and drinker with a writing problem. Follow him on Twitter @RobLooseCannon or on his blog Loose Cannon Buchanan.

This article originally appeared on TheOutmost.com.

Official Dates for 2018 Festival

The wait is almost over. The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 is taking place this June and it promises to be our biggest and best ever!

The good news is that this year the festival will run from June 21st to June 30th, 2018. With the Parade Day taking place on Saturday June 30th.

In the coming weeks we will have even more information and events to announce so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

‘A Day In May’ To Premiere at Dublin Pride 2018

A Day In May – The World Premiere of this new play will be part of the Dublin Pride Festival 2018. For two nights only – Sunday 24th and Monday 25th June 2018.

We all remember the years, weeks and months leading up to that magical day in May 2015 when the people of Ireland said Yes to Marriage Equality.

Ticket are now on sale for ‘A Day In May’, a play based on the book of the same name by Charlie Bird that captured some of the stories from the historic referendum.

The play will run as part of this year’s Dublin Pride Festival for two nights only – Sunday 24th and Monday 25th June – and take place in the Olympia Theatre Dublin.

All proceeds from the event will go to Pieta House working with BelongTo LGBT+ Youth Service their friends and collaborative partners, BelongTo work in partnership with Pieta House to deliver a counselling service for LGBTI+ young people who were self-harming or thinking of suicide. Growing up LGBTI+ doesn’t need to be painful and challenging. But not being accepted for who you are can have serious impacts on the mental health of our young people. LGTBI+ young people are three times more likely to attempt suicide, and two times more likely to self-harm than their non LGBTI+ friends. By accessing support through oBelongTo/Pieta House Counselling Service, our young people can stop the pain they feel, and rediscover reasons to live.