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WATCH: Leo Varadkar tells Dublin Pride 2017 he will use office 'to stand up for LGBT rights around the world'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival in Ireland : Laura Hutton/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival in Ireland : Laura Hutton/PA Wire
Drag queen Maria Damony celebrates with eBay staff Donna Barton and Stephen Gorman. Photo: Andres Poveda
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Leo Varadkar has expressed his delight at being the first Taoiseach to march at the annual Pride parade.

The Fine Gael leader is joining thousands of people lining Dublin's streets this afternoon for one of its most colourful parades.

#WATCH LGBT Pride 2017 LIVE from Dublin

Posted by Independent.ie on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Before the march kicked off, the Dublin TD said it was a significant milestone for Ireland.

"It's symbolic of the enormous changes in our society and how it has moved on in the past number of decades," he said.

"I really owe the fact that I am here to the people who have campaigned over the years when it wasn't popular or fashionable to do so."

Mr Varadkar added that there are still area Of where LGBT rights need to be improved.

"We really need to come behind and press for marriage equality in Northern Ireland. That's something I have already raised with Arlene Foster and will continue to do so.

"I'll use my office to stand up for LGBT rights around the world."

Below are some of the events at Pride on Saturday

2pm

- Dublin Pride Parade kicks off from Stephen's Green to Smithfield Square.

For those who don't fancy the parade, there are alternatives...

- Pantibar Pride Block Party, Capel Street

If you're not up for the parade itself, you can enjoy performances and music from the bar's coterie of drag queens til late.

- Party in the Square - Official Dublin Pride After Party at Smithfield Square

There will be a celebration of all things LGBTQ on one stage at Smithfield Square as the parade reaches its end point.

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Gay Pride Parade in Dublin City Centre. Pic Steve Humphreys

3pm

- GOLD Post-Parade Tea Party, Outhouse Capel Street, Dublin 1

An alcohol-free event run in association with GOLD, the peer support group for gay men aged 55+.

- Pride Saturday at The George, Georges Street, Dublin 2

Ramp up the celebrations with DJs, and pop bars out the bar. 

4pm

- Mother Pride Block Party, Tivoli, Francis Street

Mother is bringing a Pride Block Party to the Tivoli Theatre with live sets from Loreen, Daithi and Faune.

There will also be DJ sets from Panti Bliss and Mother DJs as well as performances from Veda & Her Witches at the event on Saturday June 24.

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In 2012 Enda Kenny fell over a flower pot while trying to run away from reporters asking him whether he supported gay marriage – but he then went on a 'personal journey' that ended in Panti Bar. Photo: PA

Enjoy the sets from a massive main stage with indoor and outdoor bars, a selection of food stalls, and bespoke interactive installations.

Loreen, whose Eurovision smash hit Euphoria charted at number 1 in 17 countries, will take to the stage at 9pm.

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Eurovision's Greatest Hits - Loreen - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

5pm

- Odessa All Day Pride Social, 13 Dame Court, Dublin

- Pride at Street66, Parliament Street, Dublin 2

Resident DJ Pixie Woo, Gerry Moore and guests will play all day as well as a live Morrissey Tribue.

7pm

- WE PARTY Olympic Gaymes - Euphoria, Button Factory, Temple Bar

Coming from Madrid, Spain, WE PARTY is one of the biggest circuit parties in the world.  Expect an eight and a half hour marathon of entertainment including dancers and DJ Binomio.

9pm

- Running Amach Pride Day Party

Annual party for LGBTQ women.  Dancing and celebrating in the private members bar.

- George not Michael - Dublin Bear Pride, Oscars Bar, Christchurch

10pm

- Qween Pride Party at The Palace, Camden Street

The annual Pride ball with DJs.

- Spinster Super Pride Party, Bad Bob's, Sycamore Street

Superhero themed and €1 from every ticket sold will go to TENI.

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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

12am

- Street66 - Dublin Bear Pride, Parliament Street, Dublin 2

DJ Gerry Moore will be on hand with the tunes.

On Sunday things are little less hectic!

If you can drag your hangover out...

5pm

- Hangover Acoustic Sessions, Street66, Parliament Street, Dublin 2

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The George pub in Dublin

9pm

- Pride Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar, The George

The Pride iteration of one of Dublin's best weekly LGBT nights will ease your sore head.

For more information check out dublinpride.ie

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