Monday 26 September 2016

Leo Varadkar joins 60,000 revellers at Dublin Pride Festival

Laura Larkin and Elaine McCahill

Published 27/06/2015 | 02:30

Leo Varadkar pictured taking part in the Dublin Pride parade. Photo: Twitter @Ian_Fahey94
Leo Varadkar pictured taking part in the Dublin Pride parade. Photo: Twitter @Ian_Fahey94
Leo Varadkar, Minister

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has marched in his first Pride Parade in Dublin since coming out as a gay man.

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The Dublin TD is attending the festivities in the capital this afternoon and photos of Varadkar taking part in the parade have been shared on social media.

"It's my first time being there, so I don't know (what events I'll be going to)," he said.

"I'll just rock along and see how it goes."

The capital was today awash with rainbow flags with celebrations all the more lively following the resounding referendum victory for gay marriage rights campaigners. A record-breaking 60,000 people are expected to take part.

Other politicians marching include Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Children's Minister James Reilly and veteran gay rights activist Senator David Norris.

The festival kicked off on Thursday night with a gig by Samantha Mumba at 4 Dame Lane. It was the 31-year-old singer's first trip back to Ireland from the US since her daughter Sage was born in March.

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