Dubliners raise their voices and show off their true colours at one of the island’s top LGBTQ+ festivals. In June, the city goes rainbow with everything from gay céilís (traditional Irish dances) to bear discos, theatre nights and even dog shows, culminating in the riotously enjoyable Dublin Pride Parade.
The parade winds its way through the heart of Dublin’s city centre until it reaches the Pride Village, where the main stage hosts performances and speeches.
After that, Dublin turns up the volume with a set of legendary afterparties. Join in the fun with everything from non-alcoholic events at Outhouse, to DJs, dancers and drag queens in bars and clubs around the city, including the Gallery of Photography, Whelan's and The George.
Belfast keeps things fresh every year from the end of July to early August, with what has become the biggest Pride festival on the island of Ireland. This Titanic Town is known for its legendary parties and, during the 10 days of the , the atmosphere is amped up with more good times than you can shake a rainbow flag at.
Over 50,000 take to the streets to big it up at the Pride Parade as it passes St Anne's Cathedral and Belfast City Hall before returning to Custom House Square and the Pride Village.
And as well as a massive block party, the entertainment gets amped up in bars and clubs including Union Street, Maverick Bar and the renowned Kremlin, with comedy nights, burlesque and a Bear Weekend.
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May, as well as GAZE: International LGBTQ Film Festival in August. Mr Gay Ireland and Mr Gay Northern Ireland are massive events that raise awareness and promote visibility for young gay people, especially in rural Ireland, while in October an essential on the calendar is The Outing…Matchmaker, matchmaker
Taking place in the Inn at Dromoland, County Clare, is part of the legendary Matchmaking Festival. “An LGBTQ weekend away like no other,” says top Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss. There are fire-eaters, stage dancers and DJs, tea dances, square dances and speed dating, all in set in the stunning surrounds of Dromoland Castle Estate.
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