Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade 2018 – All you need to know

Dublin Pride Parade 2018
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The Parade is part of the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival

The annual Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade is celebrating its 35th anniversary with this year’s theme ‘We Are Family’ and we’ve got all the information you need for the big event. Organisers are calling on people to celebrat their mates, dates, Moms, Dads, your Granny, your kids, the unreal huns who let you crash on their couch, anyone who has made your life brighter, this year we are going to be showing the love in style and will be blasting out “We are Family”.

When does it take place?

The parade itself will take place on Saturday, June 30th

What time does it start?

The day kicks off at 12:00 pm with a pre-parade rally at St.Stephens Green. The main parade itself will start at 2:00 pm marching from Stephen’s Green South to Smithfield Square. This will be followed by a booze-free family party event in Smithfield Square.

Celebrations will continue from the evening into the small hours of the night with afterparties at The George BarMother Pride Block PartyPantibar Street Party, Spinster and Oscars Cafe Bar Smithfield with more to be announced later.

What is the parade route?

The parade route is as follows – St Stephens Green South / Earlsfort Terrace, Cuffe Street, Kevin Street Lower, Kevin Street Upper, Patrick Street, Clanbrassil Street Upper, Christchurch Square, High Street, Upper Bridge Street, Lower Bridge Street, Church Street, North King Street and into Smithfield Square.

How should I get there?

Both St Stephens Green and Harcourt Luas stops are within walking distance of the Parade gathering area and Museum, Smithfield and Four Courts Luas stops are within walking distance of Smithfield Square. Queue management systems will be in place at certain Luas stops. Gardaí have advised that for crowd safety Smithfield Luas stop will not be operational at all times during the festival.

Important Post-Parade party information

Gardaí have advised that Smithfield Square will be open from 12.00pm with most activities starting about 3.00pm. Access before 12.00pm will be restricted while the festival site is set up. There will be family fun activities, community and sponsor areas, food stalls and a main stage with entertainment for the whole afternoon. No early queuing is permitted.

There are no ATMs within the Smithfield Square site so it’s best to bring enough cash as necessary. ATMs are available in the surrounding locality. Entry to the area is subject to search with Gardaí asking people not to bring bags, people without bags will be fast-tracked through the search at either location. If you must bring a bag it needs to be smaller than A5 size. All bags will be subject to search and will result in unnecessary queuing. There will, of course, be exceptions made for people with medical conditions or children, but for the sake of everybody’s safety, all bags will be thoroughly searched.

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

Alcohol is strictly prohibited in this area. For security, there will be searches entering the Stephens Green and Smithfield festival sites.

Free wristbands for children are available at St Stephens Green and Smithfield. The purpose of these wristbands is to help to reunite lost children their parent/guardian should they get separated from you.

For more information and a list of all events taking place check out Dublinpride.ie