Friday 21 July 2017

Pride 2017: Everything you need to know

True colours: Dolores Quinlan and Valerie O'Dwyer at the LGBT Pride parade in Dublin last year
True colours: Dolores Quinlan and Valerie O'Dwyer at the LGBT Pride parade in Dublin last year

Daniel O'Connor

The city centre will come to a standstill tomorrow afternoon as Dublin celebrates Pride 2017.

As well as the annual Pride Parade that will take place, a number of different events will run in various venues throughout the city.

The day’s celebrations will bring a number of road closures, diversions and security measures for both those enjoying the festivities and those just trying to make their way from one end of Dublin to the next.

Here’s all you need to know for Dublin Pride 2017.

Where will the parade take place?

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St Stephen's Green as seen in this aerial photo of Dublin taken by the Air Corps
 

The parade is due to begin at St. Stephen’s Green South at 2pm.

A pre-parade rally will take place at St. Stephen’s Green from 12pm onwards which will host a variety of entertainers and people making speeches.

The parade will take an alternative route this year due to ongoing Luas Cross City works. Floats will travel along Cuffe St, Kevin St, Patrick St, Nicolas St, High St, Bridge St, Church St and North King St.

It will then finish at Smithfield Square where the Pride Afterparty will take place.

Will any roads be closed?

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At the launch of Dublin Pride were superheros (left to right) Luke Kane, Niamh Scully, Moninne Griffith, Jay Pope, Clodagh Leonard and Eddie McGuinness Photo: Arthur Carron
 

To facilitate the parade, St. Stephen’s Green South will be closed from 10am to 6pm. Traffic approaching from Leeson Street will be diverted via Earlsfort Terrace, Hatch Street Upper and Harcourt Street.

In addition, Haymarket in Smithfield will be closed between 6am to 10pm to facilitate the Pride Afterparty.

Pedestrian access and local access will be maintained in both cases throughout the entirety of the day.

What is the best way to travel?

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AA Roadwatch has recommended that people use public transport options to travel to the city centre where possible.

The following Dublin Bus routes will be diverted between 2pm and 4pm due to the Pride Parade: 13, 27, 40, 49, 54a, 56a, 77a, 83, 83a, 123, 150, 151, 747 and the Hop On/Off City Tour.

Full information on all bus diversions can be found at www.dublinbus.ie.

With possible delays on Luas lines also expected, commuters have been advised to allow extra time to complete their journey.

Are bags permitted?

In line with other recent security measures at large events, Gardaí have said that backpacks or large bags will not be allowed at certain venues.

Only A4 sized bags will be allowed into both the pre-Parade rally at St. Stephen’s Green and at the Afterparty at Smithfield Square. Exemptions will be made for children and those with medical conditions.

The Dublin Pride Parade is an alcohol and drug-free event.

What else is going on the city?

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Loud and proud: Melissa Cacchioni from Rome, Gaia Cilento from Milan and Aslessia Scardala from Treviso taking part in the Gay Pride Parade in Dublin City Centre
 

As well as the official parade and Afterparty, a number of different events are also taking place throughout Dublin.

A number of pre-parade breakfast and brunch events will take place from 10am onwards at places such as The Church Café, Viva on Richmond Street and the Butery Restaurant, Trinity College.

As well as the official Afterparty, there will also be a number of other events for those looking to enjoy themselves after the parade including celebrations at the George Bar, the Odessa Club and Pantibar’s All Day Street Party.

Those looking to wind down or cure their hangovers the day after can enjoy either the Hangover Acoustic Sessions at Street66 or Pride Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar at the George.

A full programme of events is available at dublinpride.ie.

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