COVID-19 restrictions has meant that the Dublin Pride Parade will not be held, but that hasn’t dampened the spirits or brought a dark cloud over the rainbow of the Dublin Pride committee who have used the opportunity to celebrate digitally for this year’s LGBTQ+ Pride Festival from 18th June to 28th June.
Lots of interactive, online and virtual events have been held over the past week and with lots more to come and the Irish Red Cross Youth branch are also getting on board and joining in the pride festivities once again this year.
IRC Youth volunteers are invited to get busy snapping pictures with their pride flags in their gardens, on their streets or to take pictures of posters, banners or even some photos of previous pride festivals they’ve attended.
Irish Red Cross Youth at Dublin Pride last year. Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times
IRCY members should check with their Branch Youth Officer as to how to get involved.
Members of the Irish Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, the National Ambulance Service and Irish Prison Service also among the emergency services who participate in the annual Dublin Pride parade and festival.
The Dublin Pride Committee made the hard decision in April to postpone the event until September, however, as the COVID pandemic continued, the committee decided to cancel the parade altogether this year and hold a virtual pride event.
By holding the event during the current pandemic, it would no doubt have put increased pressure on the gardaí and frontline services in terms of event management. The pride committee decided in favour of lessening any additional pressure on the frontlines services and made the difficult decision to cancel this practical event and change to digital.
In a statement in April, the Dublin Pride committee said “It is with great regret that Dublin LGBTQ Pride has decided to cancel our annual Pride Parade for 2020. Although we had initially postponed the Parade until September, we feel the scale of one of the largest events in the country would place unnecessary pressure on essential frontline services and resources that will have been at full stretch for many months. When we chose “In This Together” as our theme for 2020, we knew it was not just a phrase, but a responsibility. A responsibility to act in the best interests of all our communities, to react to changing circumstances and to support our frontline workers.”
Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times
Dublin Pride is the largest fundraising event of the year for many LGBTI+ community organisations and charities in Ireland.
Digital Dublin Pride Festival will have a fully interactive virtual Pride Parade and a Pride Concert. Buildings will still light up for Pride, company logos will change on social media with rainbow colours, flags will be flying high across the city and the community will still be there to support each other.
Irish Red Cross Youth at Dublin Pride last year. Pic: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times