LIMERICK PRIDE 2023 Parade Registration
The Pride Parade for 2023 takes place on Saturday, July 8 and we are now taking registrations for groups to take part in this year’s Parade.
Merchant’s Quay 12.20- 12.40 pm for floats, groups gathering from 12.50pm. Parade leaving Merchant’s Quay strictly at 2 pm. Finishing time at 2.45pm with groups making their way into to back of the Hunt Museum grounds, floats will continuing their journey or if they wish can park into the Potato Market car park at their own cost.
TO REGISTER GO HERE
Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival 2023
On Saturday, June 24, to mark the 30 year anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, the Pride festivities will kick off with the Rainbow River Swim Parade from 10am from Curraghgour Boat Club which will see over 80 swimmers from Limerick swimming group Limerick Narwhals taking to the river followed by over sailing boats, paddle boats and kayaks in a celebration of Pride on the River Shannon.
Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival 2023 will be taking place starting from Monday, July 3 until Sunday, July 9 with the Parade on Saturday, July 8 and will feature a multitude of events from workshops, support meetings and discussions to evenings of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone.
2023 LIST OF EVENTS WILL BE UPDATED BELOW AS THEY ARE CONFIRMED
Monday, July 3
On Monday, July 3, ‘United in Solidarity’, the official launch of Limerick Pride 2023 will be held at the International Rugby Experience from 6pm to 8pm with a wine reception and a panel discussion on LGBTQ people in sport with our Grand Marshall Jackie McCarthy O’Brien and other notable sporting personalities, hosted by sporting commentator Fiona Hayes. Booking is essential, reserve your space here.
Also on Monday, July 3, Drag Heaven takes place from 9pm at McGettigans featuring a night of drag performances.
Tuesday, July 4
On Tuesday, July 4, 30 years of Queer History takes place at the Hunt Museum at 6pm featuring a discussion with historian Sharon Slater and Adam Long of the National LGBT Federation, about the 30 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. Limerick actor and playwright Myles Breen will tell his own personal story about his experiences before and after this landmark moment in LGBTQAI rights.
Wednesday, July 5
On Wednesday, July 5, Print with Pride with Limerick Printmakers from 4.30pm to 6pm, is a free event where you can bring along your t-shirts, jumpers, tote bags, or simply use some of the paper at the event, to create your own custom Limerick Pride Silk Screen art piece denoting the 30 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.
Also on Wednesday, July 5, Dance Limerick DL.BRIDGE with Pride & Goshh takes place at 6pm in Dance Limerick, St. Johns Square. DL. Bridge Pride is a contemporary dance project for all LGBTQI+ identifying people. Doors 5.30pm, show starts 6pm.
Thursday, July 6
On Thursday, July 6, The Morning After The Life Before by Ann Blake takes place at 7pm at Dolans Warehouse. After a sell out performance at last year’s Limerick Pride and due to phenomenal demand, The Morning After The Life Before by Ann Blake returns to Dolans Warehouse on July 6th at 7pm. Gúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning play for one night only. The show is a personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins. Over 14’s only.
“Superbly illuminating drama about love in our times” Katy Hayes Irish Independent
“ A witty history of the road to dignified recognition of one aspect of human rights. It is whimsical, funny and touching. And it brings tears to the eyes.” Emer O’Kelly Sunday Independent.
Also on Thursday, July 6, ‘Mockie Ah’ takes place at Pharmacia at 9pm, featuring Ireland’s biggest Drag Haus and queer collective. A tour-de-force of camp, comedy, absolute bangers, and sparkling sequins. Mockie Ah is a celebration of all things camp, queer, nostalgic and oh so very Irish. It is a safe space where everyone is welcomed, loved, embraced, and covered in glitter!
Friday, July 7
On Friday, July 7 Press with Pride is a creative class hosted by Pressed Flowers by Nell from 1pm to 2.30pm in the beautiful garden area of House Limerick. Ticket cost includes:
-The materials for either a Flower crown, or A Pressed Flower Bookmark & Card
-An arrival cocktail or mocktail
Join us to Celebrate Pride Weekend and take home your wonderful creation.
Please let Nell know your preference of Flower crown, or A Pressed Flower Bookmark & Card in advance so she can have your materials ready. Email: email@example.com
Also on Friday, July 7, ‘T’was the night before Pride’, a free entry traditional pre-pride party with street performers, guest DJ’s and camp classics will take place at Mickey Martins from 8.30pm.
Also on Friday, July 7, Limerick Pride Youth Party takes place at Lava Javas Youth Cafe, Lower Glentworth Street from 5-8pm. Presented by Limerick Youth Service, young people (14-19yrs) from Limerick and beyond are invited to enjoy music and meet new people at this free event. The team will also be preparing for Limerick’s Pride Parade which takes place the following day. Registration with GOSHH essential.
Saturday, July 8
On Saturday, July 8, the Limerick Pride Parade will bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at Merchants Quay, City Hall from 12.20pm for floats, with groups gathering from 12.50pm. The Parade will leave strictly at 2pm, the Parade will make its way up O Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park, ending at the Hunt Museum.
After the Parade, PrideFest 2023 at the Hunt Museum is a showcase of local LGBT culture in a lavish marquee in the museum gardens from 3pm – 6pm. This is a free family-friendly event with a cone van, cafe and bar on site, live music and plenty of entertainment including the Annual tea Dance with Myles Breen.
Also on Saturday, July 8, Limerick Pride Climax Party Ft. The Vivienne takes place at Dolans Warehouse from 9pm with International drag artist The Vivienne headlining a stellar line up including ‘Dragged Up’ with Paul Ryder, Regina George and Pixie hosted by Victoria Secret. With three floors of music including ‘Saved by the 90s’ upstairs, Alter Ego with DJ Olivia Chau in the Kasbah Club and a DJ set. Limited VIP The Vivienne meet and greet tickets available at Dolans.ie.
Sunday, July 9
On Sunday, July 9, Queer Spaces and Fabulous Faces: A Guided Tour of LGBT+ Limerick – This FREE event takes place at 3pm with historian Paul O’Brien leaving from the Red Tech building (now Limerick and Clare ETB) and ending at the Hunt Museum.
Starting at the childhood home of Christopher Isherwood on whose book Cabaret was based, the walking tour tells the story of the Limerick LGBT+ landscape over the course of several decades. We will discuss well-known venues and hidden local gems where the local community gathered, danced and agitated for their rights. Learn about the early days of Pride, the establishment of the Gay Switch Board, and the founding of the Red Ribbon Project. Long closed down but never forgotten pubs, club nights, and venues will re-emerge as we stroll through the city. You’ll learn about Limerick’s LGBT+ heroes, past and present.
- Starts at Red Tech on O’Connell Avenue at 3pm and finishes at Hunt Museum at 4pm
This year’s Pride will have an educational aspect. Support meetings will be held during the week for youth, adult and trans groups. GOSHH, 18 Davis Street will provide Rapid HIV testing at different points in the week. Call GOSHH at 061 314354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.