Limerick’s Pride Festival promises something for everyone

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30.08.14 Limerick Pride Festival 2014, Limerick’s annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture.  Taking part in the parade were, Madonna Lucia and Sheila Fitz-Patrick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.
Limerick Pride Festival 2014, Limerick’s annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture. Taking part in the parade were, Madonna Lucia and Sheila Fitz-Patrick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.

LIMERICK’S LGBT Pride Festival 2015 kicks off on Tuesday, July 14, with a jam-packed itinerary that includes the annual Pride Parade, a Mr and Ms Gay Limerick competition, workshops, parties and a wedding show.

Lisa Daly, Limerick Pride committee member said the festival offers something for everyone.

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“We want to welcome everyone to join us in celebrating LGBT culture in Limerick and show Limerick for the truly open and accepting city that she is. It is set to build on the success and positive energy of previous years’ festivals, promoting community spirit, community engagement and celebration.

“This past year the Irish LGBT community has received resounding support from the wider Irish community in their support of equal rights and marriage equality so this will be reflected in this year’s Pride Parade. We will celebrate our freedom and the opportunity we have been given as a community to develop the concept of the family unit within our community,” she said.

Cllr Jerry O’Dea, newly-appointed Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, stated: “In previous years, people who have participated in Pride have felt that this annual event was their only time to truly express themselves. Since the passing of the marriage referendum, Ireland’s LGBT population has been joined by the wider population in celebration.”

The Limerick Pride Festival 2015 will feature various events each day from Tuesday until Sunday July 19 and will also feature an educational aspect.

Workshops will be held during the week covering topics such as a coming out, sexual empowerment and social groups for people of all ages, orientations and genders.

According to organisers, all will be welcome to the workshops regardless of their sexual orientation giving the people of Limerick city an opportunity to get to know the Limerick LGBT community and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

The annual Pride Parade will set off from City Hall at 3pm on Saturday July 18, making its way up O’Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park, before returning to City Hall.

For more information, go to www.LimerickPride.ie

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