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VIDEO: Thousands march in Dublin’s first LGBT Pride Parade since Ireland’s Marriage Referendum

Patricia Murphy and Mark McConville

Published 27/06/2015 | 16:51

Thousands of people joined Dublin’s LGBT Parade this afternoon, as part of the city’s first Pride Festival since Ireland’s Marriage Referendum in May.

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Thousands of Irish people splashed the city with colour as they marched from Parnell Square, and through Dublin’s O’Connell Street to finish up in Merrion Square.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar joined the annual parade for the first time since coming out as a gay man.

This year’s Dublin Pride Festival was particularly sweet for those celebrating following the results of last month’s Marriage Referendum.

“I think this Pride is especially significant because of this referendum passing,” a Parade-goer told Independent.ie

“Pride used to be the only day where I felt free but now that the marriage referendum has passed I feel free every day.”

Jade Corcoran from Walkinstown & Elizabeth Mazurok from Blanchardtown during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Jade Corcoran from Walkinstown & Elizabeth Mazurok from Blanchardtown during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Adam Smolarek & Salvatore Candela both from the City Centre during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Jade Corcoran from Walkinstown & Elizabeth Mazurok from Blanchardtown during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Drag Queens Victoria Secret & Veda during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Armida Montini, Fabio Tamborrini and Giulia Guidoni
Drag Queens posing for 'Selfies' during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Bernadette Linnane from Mayo & Ciara Armstrong from Clondalkin
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Jade Corcoran from Walkinstown & Elizabeth Mazurok from Blanchardtown
Natalia Niewidok from Inchicore Jane O Neill from Dungarvan Paddy Hogan from Galway during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Lisa Davitt & Nikki lynch both from Rolestown during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015 s
Yvonne Murray & Andrew Grant both from Blanchardstown during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Drag Queens posing for 'Selfies' during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Drag Queens during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Adam Smolarek & Salvatore Candela both from the City Centre during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Adam Smolarek & Salvatore Candela both from the City Centre during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Catherine Zappone & Ann Louise Gilligan during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Members of the public during the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade 2015
Jade Corcoran from Walkinstown & Elizabeth Mazurok from Blanchardtown

Another Pride marcher said the last few months have been remarkable for LGBT people around the world and in Ireland.

“It’s been an incredible year. To see what happened in the United States yesterday and with Ireland’s huge ‘Yes’ it’s been an incredible couple of weeks and months,” she said.

An Garda Síochána took part in the Pride Parade for the first time.

Politicians who marched in this afternoon’s parade included 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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