Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cast of thousands join Pride parade

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne outside Foam Cafe on Great Strand Street, Dublin, yesterday, putting up a rainbow banner for the Dublin Pride festival. Collins

SEQUINS, stilettos and saucy outfits will be out in force today as more than 20,000 people shake their booties through the streets of the capital for the annual Dublin Pride parade.

About 100,000 spectators are expected to line the route as members of Ireland's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community take part.

It gets under way at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance before winding its down O'Connell Street, across the Liffey, along D'Olier Street, College Green and Nassau Street and past the Dail to Baggot Street. The event culminates in a huge street party at Merrion Square.

This year's event has attracted a number of sponsors, including Dublin City Council and local pubs and restaurants, including Foam Cafe on Great Strand Street in the Italian quarter -- where former solicitor Thomas Byrne was yesterday seen putting up a rainbow banner.

The once high-flying lawyer now works at the cafe. He was struck off the solicitors' roll after being charged with 52 fraud offences in relation to €52m involving 20 residential properties and six banks.

He is awaiting trial on those charges.

Irish Independent

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